To live more like Jesus, I believe that we should all learn to know His heart.
How is the heart of Jesus like?
Well, there is a good word that describes the heart of Jesus. That word is compassion. Time and again in the Scripture, you can see the word compassion associated with what Jesus said and did. Here are some examples:
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)
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14)
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” (Mark 1:41)
In the original language of these verses, the word for “compassion” is actually a verb, not a noun. It’s translated here as “moved with compassion”.
So the kind of compassion that Jesus has is compassion that translates into action. It’s the kind of compassion where you can’t just sit down and do nothing. It’s the kind of compassion where you are so moved with something that you have to do something about it.
This is a deep topic; I may write more about it later. But for now, let’s learn to see people the way Jesus sees them. Let’s learn to see them through the eyes of compassion. I still have a lot to learn myself, but I believe that by spending personal time with Jesus, we can experience more of His heart.