✙ Micah 5:4
✙In the gospels, we find that Jesus' "alone time" was ever and again being interrupted. Yet always, he returned to his work. The crowds didn't make him impatient—though some of the Apostles were often annoyed. But Christ saw deeply into the human condition, and pity welled up in his heart.
If we looked on the crowds in our great cities with Christ’s eyes, their spiritual state would be the most prominent thing in sight. And if we saw people as he saw them, disgust, condemnation, and indifference, would not be uppermost, as they too often are, but some drop of his great compassion would trickle into our hearts. The masses are still like sheep without a shepherd—they have of their way, and are defenseless against their worst foes.
Do we habitually try to cultivate as ours Christ’s way of looking at people, and Christ’s emotions towards them? If we do, we will imitate Christ’s actions, and shall recognize that, to reproduce as well as we can the things that he taught them, is the best contribution which his disciples can make to healing the misery of a world that does not know Christ.
✙ Alexander Maclaren (alt.)✙
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
✙ Matthew 9:36
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Give me, O God, the heart of the Good Shepherd, that I may see others as Christ sees them, and care for them as he did.✙
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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