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Pearls of the Kingdom 10/4/23

Multiple times in the scriptures we find these words, “Moved with compassion.”

Matthew 9:36 “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

Mark 1:40-41 “A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing, ”he said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed.”

Luke 7: 13-15 “A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.”

Throughout Jesus ministry to the people can we agree that one of His characteristics was “compassion?” We find this word for compassion in the Greek, Splagchnizomai. Say that three times real fast.

This specific word for compassion is found only 12 times in the New Testament. Just what does this mean?

* to be moved as to one's bowels, hence to be moved with compassion, have compassion (for the bowels were thought to be the seat of love and pity)

* to have the bowels yearn, i.e. (figuratively) feel sympathy, to pity:—have (be moved with) compassion.

I’m just thinking here today, if compassion is an important part of Jesus character I must ask myself, “is compassion an important part of my character?” To be honest, compassion is not always part of my character when I encounter people. I was “compassionately challenged” by the Holy Spirit this past week, challenged with His words to me, “are you an emergency room for people who are hurting, sick and broken? I have to be honest and admit that I do not always treat people with "compassion and care." To be even more honest instead of helping them, my actions and words make their wounds more painful.

I think we can all agree, we like to receive the Lords compassion. We are assured, promised that His compassions never fail. We have enough compassion for this day and tomorrow greets us with new compassions. Great is His faithfulness.

Lam 3:22-23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Asking the Holy Spirit, work in and work out this great work of compassion for people in my life. My hearts desire is be more like Jesus, “To be moved with Compassion for others.”

Pastor Jeff

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