Posted by: Larry Hoekman | February 27, 2015

Words in Red – Compassion or Heart of Stone?

Day 1508:  It’s Friday!!!

Scripture:  “I feel compassion for these people because they have been with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat.  If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a long distance.”     He asked his disciples, “How many loaves of bread do you have?”   Mark 8:2, 3, 5b

Context:  Jesus was teaching a large crowd that had nothing to eat.  The disciples found seven loaves with a few small fish, and Jesus fed four thousand people with seven baskets left over!

Thoughts/questions:  People all around us will make stupid decisions (that includes us!!) and do things that will frustrate us and hurt us – what should our response be?

In this instance, the people had traveled without provisions and lost track of time and now were stuck – not smart.  However, rather than Jesus feeling frustrated or feeling that they just assumed He would take care of them, He felt compassion.  His compassion then resulted in Him assessing their needs and taking care of them.

When we don’t feel compassion, what is our response like?  Do we assess needs and find ways to help, or do we just talk negatively about how we didn’t like what just happened and do nothing?  Maybe I’ll have to get rid of my 10% rule – ‘10% of people are jerks and they cross your path once in awhile, so do you best to avoid and ignore them.’  Instead, I need to let Jesus’ heart of compassion replace my heart of stone!  How about you?

Suggested Prayer:  Jesus, thank You for Your compassion towards me.  Help me to show Your compassion towards others . . .

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