When those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, “Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him. ~Luke 22:49-51 (NASB)
Lord, it is so impressive to see this act of compassion towards one of Your capturers. You displayed a tremendous act of kindness during a very difficult time. You were betrayed by one of Your own disciples, arrested, on Your way to face six trials which would ultimately lead to Your sentence of crucifixion, You were about to take on the sins of the world, and all Your disciples deserted You. Yet, you stopped to show compassion, You stopped to perform a miracle for someone who didn’t deserve it, You stopped to redirect the thoughts of those around You, and You stopped to show the glory of God!
Lord, so often when I’m going through something difficult, I have a low tolerance for others. I do not show compassion as readily as I should when my heart is aching.
Lord, I pray that I will be more like Christ and show compassion to others even in the midst of my own pain. May I not miss a moment of what You have for me Lord! Please help me to direct my thoughts and my actions towards You! May I better reflect the mindset of Christ that I see in these verses.
Read more of this in Luke 22:47-53.