Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 3, 2018
The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and a] woman, for a drink?—For the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans— Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God’s gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water. John 4:9-10, AMPC
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 wrongdoing. When the woman accused of adultery was brought before Jesus He first called out the sinful condition of her accusers, then 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.
Jesus taught and modeled compassionate leadership. His compassion attracted passionate followers.
What are a few traits of a compassionate leader?
A leader who extends extra compassion has a higher probability of receiving extra compassion.
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things” (Mark 6:34).
Heavenly Father, give me the compassion of Your son Jesus, to care for those who need sensitive shepherding and loving leadership, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Who needs for me to go the extra mile with extra compassion and grace?
Jesus taught and modeled compassionate leadership, which attracted passionate followers. #WisdomHunters #compassion
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