“Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.”
– Mark 6:34
You’ve seen the conversations that happen on social media. You’ve watched news commentators dissect current events. You’ve overheard office gossip in the break room.
And what is it all missing? Compassion. That ability to see that a person has deep wounds or stinging scratches that motivate him or her to act, think, or do something that causes us to cringe.
When toddlers have a fit, we know it’s usually because they are tired, hungry, frustrated, or a combination of all three. We are not OK with tantrums, but we understand there are forces at work they may not be able to communicate in a healthy way or make good decisions.
We forget that this doesn’t necessarily go away as we get older. The ways teenagers and adults have fits look different, but they are fits nonetheless.
Crowds of people followed Jesus nearly everywhere He went. They asked questions, asked for miracles, asked for sight, asked for healing, asked for more miracles. (Again, sort of like a toddler.) And day after day He answered, healed, and loved. He had compassion.
It’s hard enough for us to continue in compassion when our toddlers refuse to eat or have a crying fit in the grocery store. Yet, Jesus calls us to have compassion on everyone around us even when their fit looks like a social media tirade, a family drama carried on too long, or that woman at church who said that thing that one time.
Humanity has been having a fit since its creation. We don’t like to share our toys, we’re hurt by those around us, and we’d really like to have the sandbox all to ourselves.
Jesus’ compassion brought Him to the cross. He saw us in all our humanity and loved us anyway, making a way back to Him.
Compassion: that ability to see that a person has deep wounds or stinging scratches that motivate him or her to act, think, or do something that we may not be OK with, and to love them anyway.
Related Scriptures: Exodus 34:6, Psalm 103:8, Luke 6:36, Philippians 2:1
- Who is someone you can show compassion to?
- When was a time you needed compassion?
- What does compassion look like when you have a difficult disagreement with someone?
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Who is she? Where is she?
She is that woman who needs to know Christ. She is in your community.
- Pray for Christ’s compassion for those who desperately need Him, particularly single moms or moms who may feel alone this Mother’s Day.
- As you find yourself scrolling through social media or watching the news, ask God for compassion for those you see and situations you hear about. Ask the Holy Spirit for ideas about how you can put that compassion into action.
- It’s spring and more people are outside! Pray for Stonecroft women around the country to get out and meet those in our neighborhoods and share the love of Jesus with them.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you names of specific women in your daily sphere of influence who need Jesus. Ask Him to open the door of opportunity for friendship with one of those women.
- Simply ask a neighbor, co-worker, or friend how you can pray for her. Then pray for her on the spot. Ask her good questions to continue the conversation. Try these:
- How are you dealing with what you are going through? How do you cope?
- Have you ever tried praying? What happened?
- How has that affected your view of God?
- Look for a mom to serve compassionately this Mother’s Day! You could babysit her kids to give her a day to herself or cook a meal to give her more time with her family.
Add your own personal thoughts and prayers.
What steps will you take this month to say yes to Jesus? How will you share the Gospel?
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