Do you have a heart of compassion? No matter where you go, you can see people who are hurting. There is no shortage of trials in this world. Job 14:1 states, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” That’s morbid, unless your life is hid in Christ. Jesus is the supreme example of one having a heart of compassion. As Christ followers (Christians), we too should have the same heart.
In Mark, Chapter 5 we see a glimpse of Jesus’ compassionate heart. A few passages state:
“A large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years…When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering…He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” …While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” …When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly…He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” … Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.”
Jesus was busy, just like all of us. He could have very easily seen Jarius or the woman as interruptions in His schedule. Yet, He had compassion on them by taking time to meet their needs. In 1 John 3:17 it states, “If anyone sees his brother in need yet closes his heart of compassion, how can the love of God be in him?”
People don’t need you to criticize and judge them. They don’t need a quick prayer or short Scripture slapped on them as you turn your back to move to the next thing. They need the love of Jesus flowing through you. Will you have a compassionate heart? Will you take time to make a difference in the life of another, or are you too busy with your own plans? You don’t have to have all the answers, you just need to care. Take time today to hear someone and open your heart of compassion. Both your life and theirs will change for the better.