Reflections on the Quest: Compassion Leads to Truth

I was struck this morning at the connection between compassion and truth as I studied Mark chapter six.  “When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like a sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things” (6:34).  It is impossible to over-emphasize the importance of knowing and believing that which is true.  As Jesus gazed upon the crowd, He understood that their greastest need was to hear and receive the message He was proclaiming–the arrival of the King and kingdom (Mk. 1:15).  This is our task as well.  If we are the disciples of Jesus (disciples literally means “students”), we  should look compassionately at the crowds (those around us) and teach them about our Teacher.  We should care that others hear and receive the truth.  Then, we should prove that we–ourselves–have heard and received the truth by serving those we teach.  After teaching for some time, Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish (6:35-44).  Their biggest need was truth.  Their next important need was food.  If we will open our eyes today to those around us, we will see needs as well.  Everyone needs truth.  Let’s share it.  Everyone needs practical help, even if it is just a word of encouragment.  Let’s share it.  Thanks for reading!  Have  a great day!

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