Matthew 9:35-38 says, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'”
As Jesus served the people he had compassion for them. I recently heard a sermon that gives a modern day guide on how to serve people with compassion -- How to see people as Jesus sees them:
The Acronym is SERVE:
- S – see hearts, not the outside layers
- E – engage the heart and not the lifestyle. Many people are simply searching for love in the wrong places.
- R – respond to needs and hurts, not beliefs.
- V – be vulnerable rather than criticize and shame. Being vulnerable builds bridges.
- E – empower people by praying for them, not always through preachiness.
My prayer is that I will serve and lead with real compassion.