August 10, 2018

A Leadership Lesson From Jesus: Show Compassion

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 10, 2018

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” John 4:13-15

With sensitivity, Jesus showed mercy to a person caught in her sexual sin and extended compassion to someone who was the victim of another’s wrong doing. When the woman accused of adultery was brought before Jesus, He first called out the sinful condition of her accusers, and with mercy, Jesus forgave her and challenged her to “sin no more”.

On another occasion, Jesus illustrated what it means to love our neighbor, when He told the story of the Good Samaritan. Though the Samaritan suffered from being marginalized by society, he showed abundant compassion on a fellow human being who was beat up, robbed and left to die by the roadside. He bandaged up the man, took him to an inn to convalesce and left money with the innkeeper for incidentals. The Good Samaritan went out of his way to show the way of love and compassion.

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him” (Luke 10:33-34).

Jesus taught and modeled compassionate leadership. His compassion attracted passionate followers.

What are a few traits of a compassionate leader?

  1. A compassionate leader is aware of his own sinfulness and is quick to forgive another’s sin.
  2. A compassionate leader goes out of his way to help another find hope and healing.
  3. A compassionate leader is generous with his time, money and emotional energy.

Compassionate Statements/Questions:

A leader who extends extra compassion has a higher probability of receiving extra compassion.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1).



Heavenly Father, help me extend compassion as I have received Your compassion, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Who needs my mercy and compassion?

Related Reading

Psalm 86:15, 103:8, 13; Matthew 9:36, 14:14; 15:20; 2 Corinthians 1:3

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