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Compassion



'He will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.' Matthew 25:32 NLT

In Matthew 25, Jesus gives us a description of what Judgment Day will be like: 'All the nations shall be gathered before me. And I will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and place the sheep at my right hand, and the goats at my left. "Then I, the King, shall say to those at my right, 'Come, blessed of my Father, into the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me"' (Matthew 25:32-36 NLT).

When God calls us to step into a situation to help someone, we have a choice to make. We can follow his leading, or we can walk away. And sometimes it can be hard to make the right choice - maybe we're too busy, too tired, or we just don't want to get involved. We could make all kinds of excuses.

But how would our attitude change if it was Jesus standing in front of us, asking for help? Having compassion alone doesn't cut it. We also have to act on that compassion. When we allow our hearts to be aligned with his, compassion and action will be a natural consequence.

So what now? Next time someone asks you for help, or you feel you should step in, imagine it's Jesus who's in need.

Soulfood: Titus 1-3 Mark 6:1-13 Ps 150 Pro 11:16-18,

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