“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” – Matthew 14:14
Compassion moves the heart of God to action. Over and over in scripture we see that before Jesus preformed miracles for the people it is recorded that He was moved to compassion, which in turn, moved Him to action. So you might ask, if compassion leads to breakthrough, what moves God to compassion?
“Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.” – Matthew 15:32
Here we see what initiated the miracle of the loaves and fishes. In this instance it was the loyalty and faithfulness of fasting that moved Christ to compassion and action. In Luke 7:11-16 we read the story of the widow who had lost her only son, she wept bitterly and in this case the widows brokenness, desperation, and contrite heart moved Him to compassion.
“And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.”
– Matthew 20:30-34
Here we see that faith, with perseverance and persistence, moved Christ to compassion. The blind men believed that Jesus was the Messiah and could heal them so they pursued Him. Then they were openly rebuked by the crowd but they didn’t let the resistance of others discouraged them, instead they pressed in harder and “cried all the louder“. They stood against opposition from nearly everyone around them while declaring their faith and that moved Christ to compassion!
“And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.” – Mark 1:39-42
In this passage it was the leper’s humility that stirred compassion in Jesus. Not only did he come with bended knee showing submission physically but he also voiced it when he said, “if thou wilt“. In other words he was so humble before The Lord that he was saying, “I believe in You and I know that you can heal me. I want to be healed but I submit to Your will. Whatever You want for me Lord, I will except, not my will but thy will be done. Whatever thou wilt“. That faith and humility moved God to compassion and therefor action and the leper was healed.
Compassion always brings forth blessings. God had compassion on us and blessed us with salvation and eternal life. The compassion that He so freely gave and continues to give to us is also required of us. As we were given, we must also give.
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” – 1 Peter 3:8-9