Topic: +DEV+ Moved With Compassion
Moved With Compassion
"As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out - the only son of his mother, and she was a widow....When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, 'Don't cry.'" (Luke 7:12-13)
Scripture Focus: Luke 7:11-16
Losses can be devastating, causing us to feel as if our hearts have been ripped from us. Life then becomes a series of days wrapped in despair. We find it difficult to believe anyone could understand what we're feeling, including God.
Jesus - fully God, fully man - showed us God does understand. His simple words to the heartbroken widow, "Don't cry," were more than an empty phrase. His heart was knit with hers. But unlike the others there, Jesus could remove the source of her grief. He gave her back what she had lost - her precious son.
Jesus understands our grief today. His compassion reaches into our lives, bringing wholeness. He may not restore what is lost, at least in this life. But a relationship with Him heals our spirits and comforts us in ways no one else can.
If you have not yet suffered a disturbing loss, you will. Loss is part of our sin-sick world. But through prayer, God's Word, and His Holy Spirit, we can draw on Christ's compassion, a compassion that brings comfort when no one else can.
Insight: Have you experienced a deep loss? Receive the Lord's compassion and comfort, and the reality of His presence.
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