Have Compassion

36 When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. ~ Matthew 9:36

When Jesus saw the people, He had compassion for them. Why? Because they were harassed and helpless. And He still has compassion for the crowds today. He described them as being like sheep without a shepherd. In other words, they were stray sheep. No protection from wolves. No covering. Without hope or direction. Just wondering vagabonds upon the earth. That’s not what God wants for us. God wants more than that for us. He wants good for us. He wants to Restore us. Therefore, if God wanted that for the people of His day, we should desire the same for the people of our day.

While Jesus was in the world, He was the Light of the World; now that is our call. We, the body of Christ, are to be the light in this dark world. Why? Because we are the only ones with the Light dwelling in us, with us, and through us. We are to share the good news of hope with anyone who will listen. We are to show the love of God to the world. That doesn’t mean we just accept every sin and say, “Don’t worry; God loves you.” No, that means we show them the way of the LORD, for love doesn’t rejoice in evil. It only rejoices in Truth.

Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him three times. And each time Peter responded, Jesus told him to do something. Feed my lambs. Tend my sheep. Feed my sheep. If we love Jesus, we’ll love the way He loved. We’ll have compassion the way He had compassion. We’ll feed the lambs and the sheep and tend to them. We’ll take care of the sheep without a shepherd and guide them to the LORD. That’s our call. Evangelism and Discipleship. We are to lead stray sheep to Christ and teach and encourage the sheep already there.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Have Compassion.

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