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64. Moved with compassion.

'When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.' - (Matthew 9:36) What stirred Jesus to action was his heart of compassion ( ability to empathize with someone who is suffering and to feel compelled to relieve their suffering ). He once withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place to mourn the death of John but when he landed, he saw a large crowd and had compassion on them and healed their sick -(Matthew 14:14). He never healed the sick to prove his power but his compassion for the sick stirred the power of God at work in him to do something about their situation. It were the needs of others that prompted him to act as he did when he fed the four thousand with seven loaves of bread. 'Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat."' -(Matthew 15:32) Likewise, it was his empathy ( the ability to understand the feelings of others ) that got him involved in the wedding at Canna in Galilee, when he was told by his mother that the wine had runout. He felt the need of the hour though it was not his time yet to perform miracles - (John 2:4). He probably didn't intend to reveal his glory at a wedding ceremony but it became a memorable miracle for all times! When he asks us to do something about a situation, 'he already has in mind what he is going to do' - (John 6:6) He just wants us to assist him in doing it, as Mary said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." - (John 2:5). Let's not miss out on a miracle because we failed to be moved with compassion.

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