But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
The compassion of Jesus always involves action and activity. Jesus didn’t just feel sorry for those who were lost, without spiritual leadership and oppressed by the enemy. His compassion moved Him. The scripture says ‘He was moved with compassion’. Compassion involves movement, activity. It is not merely an inward feeling. It is an outward commitment to do something on behalf of those for whom we have sympathetic feelings. It is not simply sympathy or even empathy. It is true unconditional love that takes action on behalf of those who are disadvantaged and hurting. The word itself implies internal movement at the heart of our being. Jesus’ compassion always moved Him to action. Ours must also if it is to truly be classified as Christian compassion.
Father God, move us to be moved with compassion for others.