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Compassion: The Art of Serving

Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”

Luke 7:14

We all have needs. Some of our needs are basic and fundamental such as food, clothing and shelter. While other needs can be spiritual, mental or emotional. We need to be loved, accepted, and to grow and gain wisdom. When we see what people are going through and make a connection with them through compassion we will understand how to serve their needs. Compassion is the heart of service.

God has created us as individuals with an inborn need to connect with others. We help one another to fulfil each others needs. This is very character quality of God. God is the Father of all compassion. (2 Corinthians 3:5 NIV) When we were lost and without hope, it was His loving compassion that met our need for a Savior. His compassion was the heart of His service towards us. As a Father pities (has compassion) on his children so the Lord pities (has compassion) on those who fear Him. Compassion finds its roots in a heart full of love.

Jesus was full of compassion for others. Over and over again we find the Lord moved to service when he saw the needs of others. Jesus was "moved with compassion" when He saw the needy multitudes exhausted and wandering like sheep without a shepherd. Twice He was "moved with compassion" when He saw the hungry multitudes without food (Matthew 14:14; 15:32). To be "moved" means that some service needs to happen. And it did happen. He prayed for others. He taught. He led. He fed 5,000. He raised the dead. He made the blind to see. And the list goes on. In the text that we have been studying this week, Jesus was "moved" to stop a funeral procession, speak words of comfort to a widow who just lost her son, and then proceed to raise up her son from the dead! He met the need of her heart because He was moved with compassion.

We are called to walk in the same manner that Jesus walked (1 John 2:6) With Him as our guide we can look with compassion on others, make connections with them, and serve their needs. We may not do the exact miracles that Jesus did, but the service that we provide will be God loving others through us and helping them to see His amazing love for them.

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