Monday, June 6, 2016

The Heart of Jesus

"Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love,  
For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.”  
Lamentations 3:32-33

What do you think was on the Lord’s heart when He healed those who were paralyzed?  
When He opened the eyes of the blind?  What was the Lord feeling when He counseled 
the father of the little boy who was gripped by seizures?

There are those who point to such miracles as signs of Christ’s messiahship, saying, 
“Jesus healed those people as evidence of His authority as the Son of God,  By such power, 
He was proving He was the Messiah. “  And they are right. 

But Praise God, there is more!

Christ did not use helpless people to advance His own agenda.  

He did not enlist hurting men and women only as audio-visual aids to teach an 
important lesson about Himself.   Neither did He approach blind, deaf, and paralyzed people 
in an emotional vacuum.  

Scripture often tells us that He was moved with compassion when he saw the hurting masses.

When it comes to suffering, Lamentations 3:32-33 reveals the heart intent of Jesus.  
He does not willingly, or that is, from the heart bring affliction or grief.  

Suffering may be part of God’s larger and most mysterious plan, but God’s intention 
is always to demonstrate compassion and unfailing love which touches people 
at their deepest point of need.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness”  
Lamentations 3:22-23

Lord, may I never doubt what’s on Your mind and heart when I suffer.  You are full of love and compassion.  
Thank You for only permitting in my life what I am able to endure with Your grace.  
Bless You for Your unfailing love.

Joni, Diamonds in the Dust, 1993

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