Ministry of Compassion

What a joy it is to see compassion in action.  It is truly God at work.

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Mark 6:34 – And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

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Today I write about the expression of compassion in the Gospels.  The expression of compassion is offered to us in two forms.  One can be seen in our Text for Today.  There we read that Jesus “moved with compassion.”  The other expression, like the first, is seen often in the Gospels, but today we look directly at Mark 8:2 from our Manna for Today.  There we read the words of Jesus when He said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:”  Taking the time to examine and understand these two expressions is key to understanding compassion and how it works.

First, let’s look at the phrase, “moved with compassion.”  The complete expression is accurately stated in the words, “Jesus was moved with compassion toward them [the people].”  Let’s break it down to its simplest form.  Jesus (the Word made flesh), was moved (went to work; acted), with (alongside; NOT by, as if having some outside motivation), compassion (love; God; the form of God’s love that works wherever people subject themselves to the hearing of God’s Word).  We could say it this way; The Word of God made flesh went to work alongside God as people subjected themselves to hearing the Word.  Compassion works with the Word as people hear the Word.

Next, let’s examine the phrase, “have (had) compassion on.”  The complete expression would be, “Jesus had compassion on” the people.  Let’s break it down.  Jesus (the Word made fleshhad (held, as in holding a cool compress on someone’s headcompassion (love; Godon the people.  The living Word of God holds God on the point of need until something happens.  This is why it is so important to maintain your confession of faith without wavering.  By maintaining the profession of your faith, you create a constant environment in which the faith of God can continually function in a manner that lays hold on grace. 

Mercy, compassion, grace; three distinct manifestations of the love of God at work.  They are like Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Each one has a distinct function, yet one never opposes another, they all agree for the end result, and they are all the power by which faith works.  And it is that faith of which I write that is absolutely necessary to please Father.  Oh, how I love compassion.  It moves mercy to a stronger focus on Jesus, and that in turn moves compassion towards the greatest manifestation of “grace through faith.”  Selah!

Manna for Today – Mark 6:30-44; Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14; Matthew 15:2; Matthew 20:34;        Mark 1:41; Mark 5:19; Mark 8:2; Luke 7:13; Psalm 136; Hebrews 4:16; Ephesians 2:8