Daily Bible Reading – Tuesday, April 21, 2020 (Matthew 9 – Compassion vs Empathy)

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Welcome to my daily Bible reading group. Today I’ll be reading from Matthew 9.

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Personal Observations (Compassion)

As we read this chapter there were so many good things that I wanted to comment about. But, true to my convictions, we have to find something that rises to the surface. If we do that, then we’re able to think through that one thought and find a way to apply it to our lives.

Here’s the verse that rose to the top for 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.

Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)

I remember from past biblical studies, that the word “compassion” means so much more than merely being empathetic for someone. Empathy is important because it helps us try to internalize and personalize someone else’s suffering. But compassion causes us to do something to alleviate a persons suffering.

Now logically, we can only do what we can do. God is not asking us to do something we are not able to do. He’s not asking us to do something that we do not have the resources or skills to do. He is asking that we simply do what we can do. So each of us must fill in the blanks for yourself in every situation.

Praying Back The Word

This is the fun part Here we get to take the insight that God has given us through our reading and consider it’s implications to our lives. So this is where I would pray back the word I’ve read. It would be something like this: (but you have to make it your own)

Father God, I ask you to help me see people when they are hurting, confused, and afraid. Help me not just agree that they are suffering, but help me to somehow come alongside of them to encourage them as they suffer. (Galatians 6:2) In Jesus’ name, amen.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2
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