Murphy and his wife, a middle-aged couple, went for a stroll in the park. They sat down on a bench to rest. They overheard voices coming from a secluded spot. Suddenly Mrs. Murphy realized that a young man was about to propose. Not wanting to eavesdrop at such an intimate moment, she nudged her husband and whispered, "Whistle and let that young couple know that someone can hear them." Murphy said, "Whistle? Why should I whistle? Nobody whistled to warn me!"
“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”
Jesus was looking at the crowds with all their problems and needs and I love how He wasn’t worried about their motives and judging them based on their needs. No, He simply had compassion on them as He saw them as they truly were, like sheep without a shepherd. The words used to describe them, “weary” and “scattered” is a picture of sheep that have been attacked by wolves, exhausted and injured. That’s the kind of love that Jesus has for us. That’s the kind of love that we are supposed to have if we know Jesus. And when we don’t, we need to pray about it.
Colossians 3:12: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
When we get up in the morning, we need to put on some compassion before we put on our socks! We need compassion with our own children when they’re lashing out at us because they’re struggling with some of their relationships. We need compassion with our neighbors when they’re rude; maybe they’re living without any hope in this world. We need compassion with our bosses or employees when they are unkind or disrespectful. Compassion and love are not to be used conditionally. No, we’re called to a higher love. We are His chosen people, holy or set apart for ministry. “Dearly loved,” we’ve experienced His love, it’s time to share it and show it. When we get dressed, hopefully we don’t ask, “how little can I get away with?” So when we put on compassion, you can’t overdress.