Luke 7:13 reveals something to us of the heart of the Father. In this account we see a funeral taking place, the only son of a widow. When Jesus saw her, it states his heart went out to her. Interesting that his heart went out to the mother not to the dead son. She was the one in pain.
Jesus was moved by compassion. Compassion is the sorrow you feel for the sufferings of others. However, that sorrow is combined with tenderness. It is gentle and merciful towards the grief-stricken and the burdened. In Matthew 9:36 it says that when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them. Why? Like so many people today they were harassed and helpless.
Jesus only did what he saw the Father doing. The Father’s heart for a dying, sick world was to send His Son so that none would perish.
In this account in Luke we see the Father’s heart displayed in the actions of Jesus. Jim said to me, ‘Compassion is love in action.’ I can see that in Jesus. As He was moved by compassion He healed the sick, raised the dead, feed the multitudes and calmed the storm and restored lives.
Back in Matthew 9:36 Jesus says to the disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.’ How true a statement! All we have to do is look around and we see people harassed and helpless. Just last night a friend of our son ended up in hospital. Our son called and asked what should he do? We knew what was in his heart to do and that was to go and do what Jesus would do.
All of us come in contact with people in dire situations. We are called as Kingdom people to walk in compassion. As we do we reveal the heart of a loving, compassionate, merciful Father, who is moved when people are hurting.
Ask the Father to put His heart in you and to send you out into the harvest field to put His love into action!