Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jesus Feels Your Hurt

Matthew 14:14 -- “Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”

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Jesus performed many miracles during his ministry. Some were to prove his identity as the Son of God and some were to teach important truths. But, Matthew 14:14 is an example where Jesus performed miracles because he felt compassion for the people.

Compassion is to feel the hurt of another person, just as they are feeling it. Compassion goes beyond sympathy and empathy to an intimate place where your suffering IS my suffering -- it is the deepest form of loving and caring.

When we are hurting Jesus hurts too. He loved his people as a man walking the earth and he loves us all now as the Son of God in Heaven. When we suffer, Jesus suffers too. He has compassion for you -- he wants to save you.

Dear Lord,
You know how I am hurting -- for you are hurting with me. I seek your strength, comfort and love as I go through each day.

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