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Written By Eddie Vines

Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries

As Jesus performed his earthly ministry it was common for him to be approached by people in need. Scripture describes his response on several of these occasions as his being “moved with compassion”. One of these times is found in the first Chapter of the book of Matthew as Jesus was approached by a leper who asked to be healed:

40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 

Mark 1:40-41

On another occasion compassion motivated him to heal two blind people: 

33 They *said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.

Matthew 20:33-34

The lesson we learn here is that love is not static but active. As Jesus was stirred deep inside by the physical and emotional pain of these individuals, he responded by meeting their need. If we have Jesus in our hearts. then we will not only feel compassion when confronted with human suffering, but we will also do whatever is within our power to minister to those in need. And in so doing we will fulfill Jesus’ commandment to his followers:

 34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.”

John 13:35

When we become living vessels of God’s love we are blessed, those around us are blessed, and the essence of true Christianity is displayed to a lost world.

As Jesus performed his earthly ministry it was common for him to be approached by people in need. Scripture describes his response on several of these occasions as his being “moved with compassion”. One of these times is found in the first Chapter of the book of Matthew as Jesus was approached by a leper who asked to be healed:

40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 

Mark 1:40-41

On another occasion compassion motivated him to heal two blind people: 

33 They *said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.

Matthew 20:33-34

The lesson we learn here is that love is not static but active. As Jesus was stirred deep inside by the physical and emotional pain of these individuals, he responded by meeting their need. If we have Jesus in our hearts. then we will not only feel compassion when confronted with human suffering, but we will also do whatever is within our power to minister to those in need. And in so doing we will fulfill Jesus’ commandment to his followers:

 34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.”

John 13:35

When we become living vessels of God’s love we are blessed, those around us are blessed, and the essence of true Christianity is displayed to a lost world.