Jesus’ had such compassion for the crowds of people He encountered because He knew they were lambs without a shepherd. True compassion is an intense empathy that culminates in a physical ache. When was the last time I truly HURT for the lost? Too often I get frustrated or angry about teenagers assaulting a homeless person or rioters looting stores or mothers choosing abusive boyfriends over their children or…it could go on and on. Each of these people are lost. They are hurting. They need a Savior so much more than they need my disgust or anger.

Lord, give me the mercy to pray and speak in love rather than in condemnation. Give me Your eyes and Your heart. Amen.