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Compassion is King

Mark 8:1-2
In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.”

Notice how selfless Jesus is in His compassion here. He doesn’t say, “Wow, I haven’t eaten for three days, and I’m hungry; let me stop to grab a bite.” He doesn’t step away from the crowd, find a nice shade tree, and take a few minutes to picnic in the quiet. No, His compassion is self-sacrificing. He puts the needs of the crowd before His own. The disciples could have said, “But Jesus, aren’t You hungry as well? You’ve been teaching now for three days; get something to eat!” To that, He would effectively reply, “My food is to feed others” (John 4:34).

Will you model that same compassion today?

Further Reflection

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Philippians 2:3