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 

Pastor Leon
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