10/16 The Compassion of Christ

Date: Tuesday October 16, 2012
Today’s ChaptersMark 8-9
Message Title: The Compassion of Christ
Hello My Friend,
The word compassion means to have a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune and accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. You will often read that Jesus had or was moved with compassion toward someone who faith in Him. And while Jesus loves everyone, He always has compassion on those who truly seek Him with all their heart, such as the case when He fed the 4000 people who followed Him for three days.
In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.” -Mark 8:1-8.
Jesus always has compassion for and takes care of those who follow Him wholeheartedly, but if we want His help we must ask Him help. Think about it this way, how many people willingly help someone who has not asked them for help? Not many, right? Now, how many will help when someone asks them for help? The majority of the time they are willing to help. Most people really do want to help someone when they see them struggling, but they do not want to invade or get involved unless asked first. It does not mean that they do not have compassion for that person, it just means that they will not make a move unless asked specifically, which is why Jesus will not save anyone unless they ask Him to. “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:12,13.
Sometimes circumstances can blind our faith and cause us to follow Christ halfheartedly, but as long as we hold on to a tiny bit of faith Jesus can turn every circumstance around, such as the case of a son possessed by the devil from the time he was a child.
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” – Mark 9:17,18,21-24.
The key to Christ having compassion on us and giving us the things we need is believing in Him, much is promised to us by our believing in Him. After the boy was healed and everything settled down the disciples asked Jesus why they could not cast the evil spirit out of the boy. “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” – Mark 9:29.
Prayer and fasting is using all of our ability to seek God’s, it is spending much more time with Him than we usually do. It is telling Him that He is more valuable than any possession we have, even food. Taking that extra time with God is sometimes needed as it not only shows Him that we know We Can Do Nothing Without Him, it also shows us that All Things Are Possible When We Believe. “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” -Mark 10:27.
Satan knows that we have the power to overcome all our pain and suffering and that power comes only from the Lord, Jesus Christ. Why do you think he attacks us so much? He knows great things can happen when we truly understand and believe that All Things Are Possible With God. Instead of seeking help from others first, seek Jesus, talk to Him, spend time with Him. He will have compassion on you, show you what you nee to so, and send you the help you need, you just have to believe in Him. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” – Matthew 21:22. “, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” – John 14:13.
Today’s PrayerGod, Your compassion for us is outstanding and merciful, no matter how many times we fall You never give up on us. Today, I am placing all my cares and sorrows before Your Son, it is only through Him that I receive the strength needed to overcome my burdens. I look to You, not myself or others, for the answers to my troubles and for You direction in knowing how to handle them. I choose to trust in You, and know that whatever I ask, believing I will receive as I patiently follow You and wait for it all to come to pass. I love You, Lord and ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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