Monday, January 16, 2017

DAILY DEVO...the compassion of God

From the leper to the ones caught in the storm to poor, unloved Leah; the scriptures we have read this past weekend and today are full of stories that outline the compassion of God.

In today's reading, Jesus reveals His heart to His disciples...

(Matthew 9:12) Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick."

Jesus not only loves the unlovable (like Leah), He also includes the outcasts (like sinners and the taxpayers), but Jesus also sets out to heal the sick and care for the needy (like the synagogue officials daughter and the blind man); Jesus clearly has a great deal of compassion and love for those who are in need.

The compassion that He has is the same compassion that He desires for us to have. He desires us to remove anything standing in our way that keeps us from loving the unlovable, or forgiving the sinner or embracing the outcasts.

Today, as we go through our day, may we all be moved with the compassion of God and reach out to someone in need, for this is the heart of God. By His grace, may it also become our heart.


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 28:10-29:35, Matthew 9 and Psalm 11.

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