Lures for Fishing
Compassion – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:13-21
Key Verse: Matthew 14:14
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
When people experience our authentic compassion, they can’t help but be drawn to us. Compassion is a powerful force because all of us need it. It is food for the hungry and water for the thirsty. You have never met a person who doesn’t need compassion. To have compassion is to truly care about a person and their lives. Everyone you meet today has needs and hurts. They probably won’t tell you about them all, but don’t let their smiles deceive you—they have concerns and cares of the soul.
As we walk with people, they slowly reveal the hurts of their lives. Our reaction to these will determine whether they will continue to be open to us. Jesus was willing to hang out with the most rejected people. As people experienced Jesus’ compassion, they wanted to listen to what He had to say.
The first lure needed to be a fisher of people is compassion. Ask God to fill your heart with His love for people. It is true that sometimes we need to act out our love even if we don’t feel it. However, the more we act it out the more it becomes real in us. True joy fills our hearts as we show compassion to the people around us. Let’s fish with compassion!
Father, open my eyes to the needs of others. Don’t allow me to think only of myself and my needs. In Jesus’ name, amen.