Love in Action
May Christ’s compassion in the scripture verse above inspires you to respond to the need of others by putting love into action today.
During your life, a time will come, whereas you come to situations that you cannot discern the magnitude- What do you do? You perhaps will do as Jesus did by acting with compassion. After all, all that comes to you, the Lord allows for your good and His glory. The definition of compassion is to show sympathy and concern for others and a desire to alleviate their suffering, an action of kindness and mercy. Love is aroused within compassionate people when confronted with those who are suffering. The word compassion is used several times in the New Testament. The bankrupted servant (Matt. 18:21-35); The Samaritan’s compassion for the wounded man( Luke 10:30-35); The wayward son (Luke 15:20-21); and Jesus is compassionate with the multitude (Matt. 14:14).
In Matt. 14:15-18, the Disciples’ counsel was to send the multitude away. They seemed a bit confused as to what could be possible. One thing they did know; is the power of Jesus. The Disciples have first-hand knowledge of the mighty works of Christ in (Matthew 8:3, 13b, and 26); Matt. 9:22, 25-26, 29-30, 35). Jesus knows what He intends to do (John6:6). He is never without a plan, never too late or too tired. He has authority over what seemingly is impossible by human standards. Christ ultimately accomplishes His plans perfectly. He knows what is best for you and others. Yes, He has your best interest at heart.
Jesus appears to watch and wait for His Disciples to realize, what they are advocating will not produce the best result. Practice being slow to speak and wait patiently on the Lord. It is always a good measure to Imitate Christ as you have the opportunity. The Holy Spirit opens your spiritual eyes to eternal truths. Assuredly, there are countless benefits to walking with Jesus. He set out to make the multitude feel at ease just by saying, “come”(Matt. 14:29), “sit down.” ( Matt. 15:35). Bring them to “Me” (Matt. 14:18).
Follow what Jesus says to do. Show forth the simplest form of compassion which is to “Use what you have.” Reach for what is within your means to be merciful (Matt. 14:14-19). Jesus used five loaves and two fish to feed the multitude (Matt 14:21). You desire to always, communicate love (Matt. 14:16); While doing so, you should aim to let your compassion (love) be without partiality. Loving one another demonstrates love in action.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for all of Your teachings along this journey, for I desire to be an imitator of Christ. Jesus, God is love, and He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting life. On the cross, He wrought my salvation; that’s love in action. In Christ, Amen.
(by Novella D. Carpenter)
Amen. An inspiring and encouraging word that give me pause to reflect! Amen.
Amen!! This is an encouraging devotional.
Amen! Sis. Novella! Being slow to speak saves a LOT of unnecessary heartache, promoting empathy & godly love. Thank you for this devo.
Amen ! Sis Novella. To always Love in a way that brings me closer, to God in Heaven and His Love!
Amen my sister!