March 29, Thursday

Devotional Thoughts for Today

Mark 6:34-36

And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat. But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.

There is a Chinese video I ran across several years ago that profoundly remained with me. Perhaps you have seen it. It is about a mother who lives remotely in the mountains, many miles away from her daughter. Upon finding out that her grown and married child was tired, the aged mother, who is ill with cataracts, rummages into the mountains to pick some vegetable so that she can make her daughter some soup. She then begins her long journey to visit her child in the city by buying a bus ticket with the little money she has. She faces many challenges on the way due to her poor eyesight and her lack of familiarity with the city. Fortunately, despite all the obstacles, the mother manages to arrive at the daughter’s apartment; and finally, fumbles her way to making the soup she had set her heart to make.

It is a moving story. Compassion has this compelling nature, which moves a person—like this mother—to action. This action is love. As a spiritual leader once said, “Love looks like something”; it is not a feeling in the air, but love is an act. The act may be giving, forgiving, appreciating, listening, sacrificing, apologizing, or anything that looks to the benefit of another. We see Jesus setting this example. In Mark 6:34, we are told that as He looked upon the multitude of people, He had compassion on them “so He began to teach them many things” (v.34);and when He realized that they may be hungry, He instructed the disciples to feed the crowd (v.37); and they fed thousands on the spot. Jesus was all present with the people around Him, and His spiritual eyes were able to perceive their needs; his heart was vested in them.  In fact, He is all present with us. He perceived our needs to the point of shedding blood on the cross. This is compassion. This is love. As a follower of Jesus, let us imitate His example and allow compassion to compel us to perceive and act on the needs of others around us today. Let us allow our hearts to be vested in another. This is compassion. This is love.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that You not only felt compassion for me, but this compassion compelled you to action. This act of love changed my life and as I respond this, this very likeness of Your nature in me, I too will be used to change lives. Help me to be all present with the people around me so I can perceive the needs that You want to meet in their lives. Thank You for this privileged partnership! Amen.


Lunch Break Study

Read 1 John 3:18: “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

Questions to consider

  1. What are some of your experiences where compassion made a difference in your life?
  2. What may love look like in some challenging relationships that you have in your life?
  3. Take time to reflect on how Christ’s compassion & act of love on the cross has made a difference in your life. Give thanks.

Notes

  1. The Lord often uses different people along our walk of life to express His heart to us. It is beneficial to our hearts to reflect on these moments so that we do not lose sight of God’s goodness that has been with us through life.
  2. There is always one overriding solution to every relational problem… love. Love supersedes faith and hope because, in essence, it is the manifestation of both of those. God reduces us of ourselves in order that He may increase us in love. This is who He is (1 John 4:8) and this is the greatest call.
  3. Personal response.

Bible Reading for today:  Galatians 3


Evening Reflection

How were you able to express the compassion of Christ by acts of love today?

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