This week leading up to Easter I would like to share some devotionals with you from my new book Praying through the Gospels. I have included some links at the end of the devotion, if you would like to order the book. Praying through the Gospels is pretty simple. It’s just a small reflection in prayer on different aspects from the Gospels and what Jesus did for us. Hope you enjoy this week of devotionals!
Act of Compassion
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 toward 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, and 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 toward you! May I better reflect the mindset of Christ that I see in these verses.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
To enjoy more devotionals like this one you can order my book Praying through the Gospels. You can order it by clicking on any of the links below… (If you are looking to make a bulk purchase for your church, ministry, school, or Bible study please contact me personally and I will be happy to give you a discount on the books. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org)