February 26, 2010

Compassion Bridge

Written by Boyd Bailey

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

Where does compassion come from? From where do these deep feelings of sympathy and sorrow spring up? Compassion originates, for Christians, from the compassion they have experienced from Christ. He calls us by His grace to alleviate pain and suffering. The gospel is all about healing and making whole broken people in the name of Jesus.

“ The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18, NKJV).

Compassion from Christ is a bridge to somewhere. It is a bridge to hope and happiness. It is a bridge to belief and blessing. It is a bridge to recovery and righteousness. It is a bridge to forgiveness and freedom. It is a bridge to peace and productivity. It is a bridge to heaven and healing. Compassion cuts into hard hearts and softens them for our Savior.

What is your perspective of people? Are you distant and aloof, or emotional and engaged? Yes, they can be cranky and quirky, but so can you. It is a shepherd’s heart that summons us to empathy and kindness. Who in your life needs EGR (Extra Grace Required)? Extend them grace and watch God work through your compassionate care. It may be an unruly work associate, a loved one in hospice, or a prodigal child who needs your time.

Don’t shy away from showing compassion. Partner with Christ and you will have an unlimited supply from which to draw. A soul starves for want of a Savior; a body starves for want of sustenance. Compassionate Christians feed both in the name of Christ. Be a believer who builds bridges of compassion, and you will never lack people who travel to the other side. See souls like your Savior and you will be filled with His compassion.

Jesus was moved to tears for His city, “He saw the city and wept over it” (Luke 19:41).

Am I compelled by Christ’s compassion to build bridges to men and women’s souls?

Related Readings: 1 Kings 22:17; Ezekiel 34:2; Luke 15:20; Colossians 3:12

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