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The Compassion of Jesus

Jesus was the most compassionate person who ever lived. If we want to be like Jesus we will also be people of compassion.


There is a story in Matthew 9 where Jesus is traveling, preaching and healing people. Matthew records this starting in 9:35,


"35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”


When Jesus saw the crowds of people coming to him he was filled with compassion. The word for compassion in Greek has to do with your guts. Have you ever been so upset that it bothered your stomach? Something hit you on such a profound level that your tummy began to rumble?


In Jesus' day they associated deep feelings with the gut. We would call that psychosomatic - where the mind/feelings and body interconnect.


It can be easy to get hardened to emotional things...to wall ourselves off...to guard ourselves. We don't want to be enmeshed with the emotions of other people....we want to be independent. But we cannot let our gut get so hardened and so distant from the people around us that we fail to act...that we see needs and fail to move.


There is a lot of hurt in this world...more than we can even imagine. The people we pass on a daily basis are fighting battles we would never know about...


So let us always be kind and let us be people like Jesus - who see those around us...see the real needs...and are both filled with compassion and do something about it!


If you are looking for a place full of compassionate people...a place to belong where you will be welcome come and join us at Backyard Church...the yard is always open...the people are always welcoming!

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