Following Jesus’ Example of Compassion

Published on Apr 21, 2023
Category: Behold! | Devotion

Read: Mark 8

Mark 8:1 – 3 – During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”

Jesus understands our every need and is compassionate.

The feeding of the four thousand is another of the powerful miracles that Jesus performed. Jesus was concerned about the crowds who had been following Him for three days. He cared that they were tired and hungry. So rather than send them away on empty stomachs, He meets their physical need of hunger too. Jesus’ compassion was not limited to mere words, however we see that he went on to perform a miracle, feeding the crowd of over four thousand people with just a few loaves of bread and fish. This act of kindness and generosity further demonstrated Jesus’ love and concern for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of those around him.

In today’s world, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the needs of others, and to feel helpless in the face of such widespread suffering and poverty. However, Jesus’ example reminds us that compassion is not a passive emotion, but an active force for good. When we allow ourselves to truly empathize with the struggles and hardships of others, we are motivated to take action, to give of ourselves and our resources in order to help alleviate their suffering.

Moreover, Jesus’ compassion was not limited to those who were like him or who shared his beliefs. Throughout his ministry, he reached out to the marginalized and the outcast, breaking down social barriers and extending love and acceptance to all who sought his help. This too is a lesson for us today, as we strive to overcome the divisions and prejudices that too often plague our communities and our world.

In Mark 8:2, we see a powerful example of Jesus’ compassion in action, a powerful reminder of our compassionate God who is deeply concerned for our every need. We also have an example to follow – the transformative power of love and generosity. May we choose to follow Him our God whose love for us overwhelming, reckless and be compassionate to those in need with open hearts and open hands.

Ponder

  1. How has Jesus’ example of compassion influenced my own views on helping others?
  2. Have I ever experienced an act of compassion from someone else that has deeply impacted my life? How did it make me feel, and how did it shape my own understanding of compassion?
  3. What is one practical step that I could take today to show compassion towards someone in need, as a reflection of God’s compassion?

Scripture Writing: Isaiah 30:18

Song: Reckless Love of God

Bible Verses: Compassion

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Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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