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Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep (Romans 12:15).

I recently asked God to give me a greater compassion for people. I had felt as though I was becoming callused to the pains and problems of others, almost numb to their life situations. I did not like the way it seemed as though I was not stirred by some of the troubles or even tragedies that fell on some people.
And so I asked--I asked God to give me that greater compassion and He did. That is not to say that I do not still need improvement because I most certainly do. For I find it all too easy to slip back into a cycle of caring only for my own and what concerns my immediate world. But as I began to ask, and as God granted my request, I noticed some differences. For it was not long thereafter before a number of people were laid off at my work place. But where I might have been numb to their troubles only a short time ago, I now found that my heart had dropped for them, and it was as though their troubles were somehow more than just theirs.
As I prayed for the people who had lost their jobs, I could not help wonder how many of them did not know Jesus. I realized that if I were to lose my job, it would be something different than what they were experiencing. For I know that my God shall supply all of my need--but what did they know? And what kinds of questions were they asking now that they were thrown this curve? I realized that it could be rough for someone who knows Jesus, but I prayed that those who did not know Him would somehow find Him in this, so that they could find a peace in the middle of the crisis.

"When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them..." 
There are several accounts in the Bible where we are told that Jesus had compassion.   That is not surprising.  But it is seldom left at that.  To read further into these accounts, we will discover that the compassion He felt was always followed by action.  His compassion was not a simple feeling of pity for others; it was much more.  He looked at them, and felt for them, and then "being moved with compassion," He did something about it.  He healed, He fed, and He reached out in whatever manner the situation called for.
It is good for us to pray for a heart felt compassion toward others, but our love for others should not stop there.  We may also want to pray that, along with   compassion, that God will give us wisdom to know how to respond to the needs we see within the compassion. 

May God grant us the ability to see the needs, to take compassion, and to act accordingly--even as Jesus had done.

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