youth worker, youth ministry, compassion

A Leaders Compassion

By Doug Franklin August 8, 2012

The life of Jesus teaches us that compassion is the motive of a leader’s heart.  He served out of the deep compassion he felt for others.  He saw their desperate needs and determined to help meet those needs.

Jesus also shows us that compassion is the perspective of a leader’s eyes.  When he looked at a broken world, his compassion kicked in.  He looked into people’s eyes and saw their broken hearts and lives, and His heart was broken for them.

Through Jesus we discover that compassion is the magnet of a leader’s heart.  Every moment of His waking life, Jesus’ heartbeat was to see wrongs righted, hurts healed, suffering alleviated, and sinners saved.

Finally Jesus teaches us that compassion is the action of a leader’s hands and feet.  Jesus didn’t just feel sad about heartache; he did something about it!  He took action and became personally involved in the lives of others.

Compassion was the basis of Jesus’ mission statement – His reason for being on earth. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10 ).  Remarkably, these words flowed from the lips of a holy God who demands justice, yet took our punishment upon Himself out of His deep compassion.


About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More