DIG for Friday the 6th of May…..compassionate and loving, and against all the religious rules…..Matthew 8 v 3

Jesus was clearly a man of compassion as He walked the earth, and we see His compassion time and time again.

For me His most wonderful act of compassion was when He touched the leper at the start of Matthew 8.

Not only did Jesus reach out and touch Him with His hand, but also He reached out and touched His heart and soul.

But even the physical touch was very significant.

Leprosy was a terrible disease, and people were scared of it, excluding the sufferers to camps well outside the city.

And the Jews were not supposed to have contact, any contact, with lepers.

Jesus went against the religious establishment and religious rules by talking to him, and went way passed what He should do when He touched him with His hand.

Jesus was compassionate and loving and not adverse to ‘breaking the rules’ to show this love and compassion.

He is the same today; no one is excluded from His love, mercy and compassion no matter what they have done.

Even the vilest offender (as the famous hymn says) can come to Jesus and receive acceptance as a gift of grace through faith.

Jesus is compassionate to all mankind and wants to see all men come to repentance no matter what they have done.

Jesus requires faith from us, not religious performance.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the love, mercy and compassion of Jesus that we see in the Gospels and thank you that He is still the same today”

Matthew 8 v 3…..And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed


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