When John the Baptist was beheaded, Jesus was sad and wanted to go away with his disciples to a quiet a place for rest. However, the multitudes followed them. The Word says that Jesus was moved with compassion for them.
When we are hurt, grieving, disappointed, sad, or in pain, our natural reaction is usually to retreat for a little quiet time or rest. The truth is; however, that there is not a time when we can feel more compassion for others who are hurting.
Sometimes we don’t understand the pain or hurt in our lives, but God does. He has a plan for our lives. He has a plan for others around us. Although none of us want to be in pain, if that pain is what gives us compassion, then it can be used for good.
We can use our pain to feel for the pain others carry. We can then minister to them, as God’s hands and feet. We can lift their needs, that we understand, up to the One who heals, comforts, and delivers.
Let’s let Him use our pain for something good! Watching someone else’s pain subside sure helps ease mine just a bit.