Beyond Compassion

Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still.  And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.  And he delivered him to his mother.

Luke 7:12-15

Yesterday we looked at this passage and at the compassion shown by our Saviour to this grieving woman.  Today, we will look at what the Lord Jesus did after showing compassion.

The Lord set an important example for us when it says that He noticed this grieving woman and that He had compassion on her.  Both of those are things that we need to work on.  We need to learn to recognize when others are grieving or hurting. And we need to learn to have compassion on them.  But having compassion isn’t just feeling sorry for someone.  It isn’t just giving them a shoulder to cry on.  True compassion runs even deeper.

In this passage, the Lord Jesus showed His compassion by raising this widow’s son from the dead.  Obviously, we aren’t going to be able to do that, but we can do what we can to help people.  Showing compassion means not only seeing a need, but doing what is in our power to meet that need.  Sometimes a kind word and a sympathetic heart are all we can give.  But when we can go beyond that and help someone, we again need to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 responses to this post.

  1. God bless you, Ben. Praying to follow His example and lead more and more, in the new year!


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