Monday, April 11th~~Day 8: Matthew 9
I like how Jesus told them to go and learn!!
When he spoke at this time I believe he was saying more than he wants people to fulfill the requirements of the law relating to sacrifices, he wants people to be compassionate towards those that need compassion, such as: the sick, the hurting and the unbelievers.
Compassion: mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them
I believe Jesus doesn’t see Compassion as just a feeling but he sees it also as an action.
If we do not feel Compassion towards the lost and choose to act on that compassion than we must ask ourselves do we really know Christ, do we really know the Father? O.T. sacrifices, church duties, traditional rituals and religious activities are meaningless if we don’t first love. If we do not walk in God’s love than we will not walk in compassion.
Oh, Father create in me a clean heart and a right spirit so that I will daily feel compassion and live out that compassion towards those in need of it!!
Reflection:1 Corinthians 13 The Excellence of Love 1If I speak with the (A)tongues of men and of (B)angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a (C)clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of (D)prophecy, and know all (E)mysteries and all (F)knowledge; and if I have (G)all faith, so as to (H)remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3And if I (I)give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I (J)surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 4Love (K)is patient, love is kind and (L)is not jealous; love does not brag and is not (M)arrogant, 5does not act unbecomingly; it (N)does not seek its own, is not provoked, (O)does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6(P)does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but (Q)rejoices with the truth; 7(R)bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never fails; but if there are gifts of (S)prophecy, they will be done away; if there are (T)tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9For we (U)know in part and we prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12For now we (V)see in a mirror dimly, but then (W)face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also (X)have been fully known. 13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is (Y)love.
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