Today's Devotional

Miracles of Compassion (4 July)

Two blind men who were sitting by the road heard that Jesus was passing by, so they began to shout, "Son of David! Have mercy on us, sir!" . . . Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked them. "Sir," they answered, "we want you to give us our sight!" Jesus had pity on them and touched their eyes; at once they were able to see, and they followed him.
Matthew 20:30-34

Jesus had compassion on these two blind men who were living in darkness. They had the faith and certainty that if they cried out to him, he would heal them both physically and spiritually. Jesus always listens, feels compassion, and touches others. This is his nature. He wants to help everyone who approaches him in faith and trust. But not only were the eyes of the blind men healed, their spiritual eyes were also opened.

"A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. 'If you want to, you can make me well again,' he said. Moved with pity, Jesus touched him. 'I want to,' he said. 'Be healed!'" (Mark 1:41) This leper was isolated from everyone else, and no one wanted to be anywhere near him. Leprosy was considered an unclean disease according to the Law of Moses. People who had this sickness were not allowed to take part in any religious or social matters. Some people would throw stones at the lepers to keep them away. However, the Lord Jesus stretched out his hands and touched this leper, healing him both from leprosy and from the emotional effects of all those years.

In (Luke 7:11-15) we read how Jesus raised from the dead a woman's only son, the one who would take care of her in her old age. He had compassion on this woman before she even asked for it. Jesus was full of compassion.

Jesus has all authority even to raise the dead, so he is certainly able to heal every sickness and weakness we struggle with. He is always ready to answer when we call. He came to heal the broken hearted, to set the captives free, to restore the sight to the blind, and to redeem the crushed.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is still full of compassion. He still does wonders and miracles in the lives of those who seek him and cry out to him. What is more, he makes no distinction between one person or another; he answers every person who truly calls on him in faith.

There are so many abandoned people around us, people no one cares about or offers to help. Like the lepers of Jesus' time, they are neglected, marginalized, and isolated from family and society. These people are important to Jesus, and he came to give them abundant life.

May the Lord Jesus open our eyes to see these people, to feel his compassion for them, so that we may be his hands and feet to bring them love and acceptance and healing.

- 4 JULY -

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