Compassion

Matthew 9:36

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Mark 6:34

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
I assumed that we are supposed to be kind and compassionate to others because it’s not nice to be mean.  It’s common decency to be nice who are poorer than you, or are foreigners, or disadvantaged minorities.  I was taught that and took it from the liberal stance:  Because they didn’t have the advantages that you had.  Because they were born into poverty.  Because they were denied the opportunity.
The liberal view is the totally wrong way to look at it, because it assumes that everyone has the exact same ability and decent disposition, that everybody has the same sense of self worth, and most importantly, the same amount of intelligence.  Well, sadly, they don’t.
And we should have compassion on them because of this, not because of the circumstances we find them in.  You see how liberals get it wrong?
But once I realized that not everybody has those things, my view and my compassion for them was discovered.  As I changed my expectations about them, as I realized that they do not have the inherent ability to see things the way that other people do, then, and only then, did I understand what true compassion is all about.  Because, as it says in the above bible verses, we are sheep without a shepherd.
Do you know what a sheep is?  It’s one of the dumbest mammals on the planet.  It will go wandering off lost forever, it will follow anything to any place.  That’s what we all are, and we need to follow Jesus.
Its’ never about ability with Jesus.  It’s about faith, and since this is God-given, everybody has it.  I no longer assume that people have a decent amount of intelligence, and therefore, no longer get angry when they don’t.  Through the liberal lens, it would seem condescending, but it’s the truth, and we must accept the truth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I am much happier now that I know why and where my compassion is coming from.
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