Refresh Friday

In his gospel account, Matthew recorded that when Christ looked upon the crowds of people, he “had compassion for them.” [Matt. 9:36] Charles Spurgeon noted in one of his sermons* that the original word denoting compassion “is expressive of the deepest emotion; a striving of the bowels—a yearning of the innermost nature with pity.”

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David also wrote about the Lord’s compassion:

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.

— Psalm 145:8-9 NIV

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless.

— Henri Nouwen

Today as you take a few moments to refresh yourself after a long week, reflect on the compassion of Christ during His earthly ministry and in turn the compassion you can show others in His name.

*Whole sermon from Charles Spurgeon here: The Compassion of Jesus