His occupation is beggar, and he has secured a prime spot. The road he sits beside each day is heavily traveled, and it is one of the best spots to be a beggar. He hears the stories about Jesus as he sits there; the stories of Jesus healing people and performing all kinds of miracles, and he wonders if Jesus could help him.
One day the traffic is unusually heavy. At first, he thinks it will be a large collection day. All those people in town would result in much more given. It turns out it is an extraordinary day. Jesus is in town, and now is his shot.
So, Bartimaeus starts shouting for Jesus to have mercy on him. People around him tell him to shut up, but he shouts more until Jesus hears him.
Jesus stops, calls Bartimaeus, and heals his eye condition. Jesus has compassion on him.
We live in a world filled with hurt. There is much need for compassion, and the Lord is compassionate. We are encouraged to imitate his compassion, so here is the picture of what we are to imitate and practical ways we can be imitators. Here are a few more times Jesus demonstrates his compassion.
The Lord is compassionate.
Luke 7 records Jesus and his disciples entering a town. As they were approaching the gate, a dead man was being carried out. The man’s mother, a widow, was following him overwhelmed with sorrow. Luke says, “When Jesus saw her, his heart went out to her.” He was so moved by compassion it drove him to action. Jesus raised her son.
Mark 1:40-42 records a man with leprosy coming to request help from Jesus. Mark tells us Jesus was moved by the situation. Jesus became angry at the man’s situation. He was not angry with the man, but the man’s situation. He healed the man, and Mark says, “immediately, the man’s leprosy left him. Jesus was so moved by compassion that it drove him to action.
Jesus doesn’t just feel sorry for folks. His compassion drives him to action. It drives him to do something about their situation. When Jesus sees people hurting, he takes steps to help them.
We are encouraged to show compassion as Jesus shows compassion.
Luke 6:36 says, “Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.”
Here are 10 practical ways you and I can show compassion.
- Pray for those in need.
- Volunteer at a food pantry.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
- Provide transportation to a neighbor in need.
- Offer to pick up groceries or a prescription for a neighbor who has difficulty getting out of her home.
- Volunteer with a relief organization to do local projects.
- Check on a neighbor to make sure he is doing okay during an extreme weather event.
- Try to have a conversation with someone who seems lonely.
- Send a card or encouraging note to a friend you know is struggling.
- Offer a bit of grace to someone.
How are you going to show compassion today?
What are some other ways we can show compassion?
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