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Jesus Had Compassion on Them

June 3, 2018

Compassion… so essential to life! Thanks for sharing this, Shirley!

A Pastor's Heart

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

It must have been the language of sorrow that drew so many hurting people to Jesus. People who knew they didn’t measure up to society’s expectation of who they were supposed to be. The first time I sat down and read straight through the gospels*, I was struck by the many times I read, “and Jesus had compassion for them.”

Christ’s compassion is that open door of love which binds up the wounds of a suffering world. It is that compassion which both surrounds us and propels us to live our lives in a similar way, opening doors of grace to others who have also suffered along life’s way. None of us can be Jesus, but all of us can use the example of love he showed…

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