Devotion – June 16, 2015 – Compassion on the Lost

mark6_34When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
—Mark 6:34

These people were like sheep without a shepherd.  They did not know the Messiah.  When Jesus saw them, how did he respond?  This was in Israel, His chosen people.  Was He angry at His chosen people who didn’t recognize their messiah.  No.  He had compassion on them and began to teach them.

That’s how Jesus is.  He has compassion on the lost.  We can do the same.  We don’t need to get mad at people who don’t believe in Jesus.  We can have compassion on them.  We can share the Word with them so that they might come to know the Good Shepherd.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for having compassion on me when I was lost and for speaking faith into my heart through your Word.  Help me to have compassion on those who do not know you.  Rather than getting mad, help me to show them love and tell them about you.

Amen

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