Love the Hurting

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. -Matthew 14:14

We have a world full of hurting people who need love. I am one. So are you. To some degree, we have all been hurt. Maybe it is by selfish parents, or uncaring institutions, or cutting relationships, or an isolating and alienating society, but we have all been hurt. 

Jesus shows a love for hurting people: “and He was moved with compassion for them.” 

The Greek word used here for that loving compassion means literally “to have the inward parts moved with great feeling.” The deepest part of Jesus’ emotional capacity was, and still is, turned in sincere feeling for the hurting of our world—you and me included. 

Today, let us each ask the Lord to make us a reflection of His life, to make us sensitive to the hurts of those around us. Are you willing to care like that? Is it your prayer to be made that way?