'He was moved with compassion for them.' Matthew 9:36 NKJV
The news headlines are full of tragedy, poverty and suffering. We can become so desensitised that we switch off. Other times we may see their need as too huge and overwhelming for us to make a difference.
The Bible tells of a time when Peter and John were heading to the temple and saw someone in need. This person had been crippled from birth and begged outside the temple gates every day. 'Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." And he took him by the right hand...lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength' (Acts 3:6-7 NKJV). Peter could have decided to keep walking. He didn't have any money to give the man. But he chose to stop and as a result the crippled man who'd sat begging for most of his life rose up and walked into a new life.
Through God's power people can be healed and freed and lives can be transformed. But we have to see the need and act with compassion. We have to choose, like Peter, to stop even when we think we have nothing to offer. When we see someone's need and reach out to meet it, God releases his power.
So what now? Next time you see someone in need, stop and think what you could do to help them out, however big or small. Your compassion could make a difference in their life.
Soulfood: Lev 27:30-33 Num 31:48-54 1 Cor 16:1-3 2 Cor 9:1-15,