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"And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, 'Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.' And the multitude rebuked them because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, 'Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.' And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, 'What will ye that I shall do unto you?' They say unto him, 'Lord, that our eyes may be opened.' So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him." (Matthew 20:29-34)

Whether the blindness is physical or spiritual, we must be receptive to those who request assistance in seeing, which brings understanding. When we ask, “Do you see what I’m saying?”, we’re asking people if they understand what we’re trying to convey to them. We should have such a fire burning within us to help those who don’t have what we can freely offer.

Why do those lacking in knowledge want to see, know, understand and even realize the truth about their lives? We’ve all been there – from just feeling tired of experiencing significant confusion or being attacked with anxiety. When some caring soul helps us to see our way, that kindness brings a refreshing end to our struggle to get a grip on our lives.

It’s so effortless for us to be bombarded with our own busy lives until we unashamedly ignore even the loudest cry for our compassion and help to be offered. Compassion says, "I see a need that I can supply, and I’m going to assist as best as I can."

Why do we allow requests for what we’ve been gifted and expected to do for others cause us to close our bowels of compassion and issue a firm complaint of being bothered? Do we have more criticism than compassion for our fellow citizens? Do we only ask God for more strength and power so we can help ourselves more? Are we Christians, which means Christ-like, or are we merely flaunting that label to appear righteous?

Have you ever met a stranger in another state who just so happened to know a personal friend or family member of yours? What joy it is to make a random connection like that. God causes us to make connections like that all the time, but they are far from being random. He wants to place us in the lives of others to help them. But, not to worry. He will set others in our lives to help us as well.

Proverbs 19:17 declares that whoever has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and whatever we gave, God will repay. We have nothing to lose by being compassionate.

You know that person who’s been on your mind lately? Don’t text them. Call them. Let them hear the warmth of your voice. Do you have someone you can forgive? Do it now. That’s being compassionate. Again, I ask that you call that one and offer your compassionate plea for forgiveness for taking so long to forgive them. Be compassionate like Jesus. Let’s love others as we love ourselves.

Dr. Shane Wall is the senior pastor of The Feast of the Lord in Orangeburg.

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