Luke 19:41 “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,”
Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, we are all overwhelmed by the images of devastation and hardship endured by the people of that tiny nation. Of the many heartbreaking pictures, one captured my attention. It showed a woman staring at the massive destruction and weeping. Her mind could not process the suffering of her people, and as her heart was crushed, tears poured from her eyes. Her reaction was understandable. Sometimes crying is the only appropriate response to suffering we encounter.
As I examined that picture, I thought of the compassion of our Lord. Jesus understood the need for tears, and He too wept. But He wept over a different kind of devastation, the destruction brought by sin. As He approached Jerusalem, marked by corruption and injustice and the pain they create, His response was tears. Luke 19:41 “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it”. Jesus wept out of compassion and grief.
AS we encounter the inhumanity, suffering, and sin that wreak havoc in our world, how do we respond? If the heart of Christ breaks over the broken condition of our world, shouldn’t ours? And shouldn’t we then do everything we can to make a difference for those in need, both spiritually and physically? — Bill Crowder
Lord, when I learn that someone is hurting
Help me know what to do and to say;
Speak to my heart and give me compassion,
Let Your great love flow through me today. —K De Haan
Compassion offers whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others.