When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (NLT)
Compassion is defined as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. Jesus could see how much people needed Him wherever He went. He could see their hurts, He could see their brokenness, He could see their sin that was separating them from having a relationship with Him. He also knew there was nothing they could do on their own to fix it. Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the hurting people around Him.
We are surrounded by people in need of Jesus. They are hurt, confused and helpless. They don’t know it, but they need a savior. When we look around, we should be moved with compassion just as Jesus was. We can look on them with concern for their suffering and offer them the opportunity to meet the one that can heal their brokenness.
God, thank you for seeing my brokenness and sending Jesus to heal me. Help me to look on others with compassion the way you do. Help me to see the world through your eyes. Send someone across my path today that I can share your love with. In Jesus’ name. Amen.