And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick (Matthew 14:14, KJV)
You cannot read the Gospel account of the life of our Lord Jesus without noticing how frequently the phrase “moved with compassion” is used to describe His reaction to the needs of people who came to Him. In very simple language, compassion is to be touched by the suffering of others. Jesus was consistently “moved with compassion” for the people. It was the driving force behind the miracles and healings He performed.
God is love, and when you allow yourself to be moved by compassion, you are setting yourself to walk in God. Ministry without compassion for those we are ministering to makes the difference between a true minister and a professional minister who probably is simply acting the role of a minister or is being paid to function in that capacity.
You can train your heart to feel the pain of others. Once you begin to do this, it will change the way you respond to the needs of others. Do not harden your heart and refuse to feel the pain of others in need. If you have compassion for the sick, you will be amazed at how easily the power of God will flow through you to heal them. Faith works by love.
Let your bowels of compassion loose. Do not shut them up( 1John 3:17) Allow compassion to affect your daily Christian life. Allow it to affect the way you minister to people.
What is the meaning of compassion? Is it possible for us to serve God without compassion in our hearts? What does the scripture say about serving God without love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3?
APPLY THE WORD
Train yourself to be moved by compassion. Just think about the suffering of another person, and it will move you to help them in whatever way you can. Think about the suffering of those who are sick and you will desire the gift of healing to help. Do not shut up your bowels of compassion!
Ask the Spirit to help you allow your heart to be moved by compassion at all times.