Matthew 9:36 - "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd."
COMPASSION IS A DEEP YEARNING THAT RESPONDS TO THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE.
JESUS' LIFE ON EARTH WAS A PICTURE OF COMPASSION IN ACTION. HIS WHOLE MINISTRY WAS DRIVEN BY IT. IT WAS COMPASSION THAT CAUSED HIM TO MULTIPLY THE LOAVES AND FISHES, HEAL THE SICK, CAST OUT DEMONS AND RAISE THE DEAD. IT WAS COMPASSION THAT COMPELLED HIM TO GO TO THE CROSS.
Observation: HE NOW LONGS TO POUR OUT THAT SAME COMPASSION THROUGH ME.
HIS COMPASSION MOVES ME TO PROVIDE FOR THE HUNGRY.
IT COMPELS ME TO CAST OUT DEMONS AND SET THE CAPTIVES FREE.
I REACH OUT AND TOUCH A LOVE-STARVED WORLD WITH COMPASSION.
Matthew 28:19-21 - "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age."
God's covenant promise "I will be with you" has always been linked to mankind's need for courage to face the impossible.
The great commission providesmore interesting reading for those who remember what kind of men God was giving His charge to -- greedy, prideful, angry, and self-centered. Yet Jesus called them to change the world.
QUESTION TO ASK MYSELF: Do I believe that Jesus can overcome my shortcomings and still use me to do His kingdom work?
"Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna..." -Revelation 2:17 As we spend time resting in the presence of God there is an abiding prophetic anointing that begins to rest upon us. Hidden manna and mysteries are revealed supernaturally by the Holy Spirit when we invest in His presence and behold Him as He is, and we become one with Him and begin to understand the way He thinks and feels as well as His deepest heart yearnings.
We overcome and become an expression of His very life—a reflection of His heart and feelings toward others.
When we are one with Him in heart and mind, we can't help but be in tune with Him as we relate to those around us, available to speak a word in season to minister to a needy heart in the moment.