Scripture: Matthew (NIV) 15:32 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. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
15:34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked
Observation: Around Jesus were 4,000 hungry men besides women and children. They had been with him for three days and food was gone. The disciples had seven loaves and a few small fish. Jesus had something better: He had compassion.
Application: The compassion in Jesus motivated him to look further into the problem. Compassion motivated him to use what was available. Compassion can motivate me to stop and give what I have, even if it is only a word of encouragement. When I feel compassion, I need to investigate further and see what I have.
Prayer: Lord, I believe you can arouse compassion in my heart to direct my attention to where your compassion is already flowing. Today, may I be an instrument of your compassion. Amen
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