“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things” (Mark 6:34).
The essence of love—our Lord Jesus Christ—showed compassion toward people. Can we have such compassion? The answer is an unequivocal YES!
Use these tools to nurture compassion and see others through Christ’s eyes.
Recognize people as sheep without a shepherd. As we wrestle with the lost condition of humanity, God will quicken our spirits concerning their need of a shepherd (Mark 6:34). Jesus said he was sent “only to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matthew 15:24) and to “seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus also said of Judas Iscariot, he was “doomed to destruction” (John 17:12).
Scripture teaches that the lost are “separate from Christ,” “excluded from citizenship,” “foreigners,” “without hope” and “without God” (Ephesians 2:12). In other places the Bible says the lost are under “the curse of the law” (Galatians 3:13), live an “empty way of life” (1 Peter 1:18), “refused to love the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:10), and “shrink back and are destroyed” (Hebrews 10:39).
“As he (Jesus) approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it” (Luke 19:41). Such compassion leads to tears. Such tears recognize those without Christ need a shepherd. Scripture clearly shows the Lord will be Israel’s shepherd (Ezekiel 34).
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). We need a willingness to lay down our lives for lost humanity.