Your Word for This Day: The Heart of Jesus

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

“He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.’”

Isaiah 42:3

In the book of Isaiah, we are offered a precious glimpse of  Jesus Christ the Messiah. We are told of His humble earthly beginnings, His anointing, His suffering, and His death and glorious resurrection. We are given an intimate view into who Jesus Christ really is. One of the striking aspects of Jesus’ character highlighted in this book is His heart for people.

On the earth, Jesus was a human like you and I, but He never sinned. He did not think a bad thought or curse. He walked in perfect obedience to His heavenly Father. That being so, Jesus could have condemned, humiliated and belittled us who have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, but He did not. He could have shunned the outcasts, ridiculed the persecuted, and ignored the hopeless.  He did not. He does not. He will not. The heart of Jesus is a heart of love, mercy, justice and compassion. He turned the tables and reached out to those who we would have wanted nothing to do with.

Today, I challenge you to extend more grace towards others. We must not condemn, belittle and humiliate our brothers and sisters. Instead, we should pray, encourage and trust that God can work out all things for their good, just as He does for us. Take a cue from Jesus,  let love flow from your heart today. It will cover a multitude of sins.

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