Friday, October 26, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 26

“And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise” (Luke 10:30-37).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the most important character traits of a true Christian is that of compassion.  To me, it’s what the “C” stands for in the word ‘Cross’.  The Bible tells us that Jesus was moved with compassion (see Mark 6:34).   Jeremiah said that His compassion fails not (Lamentation 3:22); and all the gospel writers share with us how he was moved with compassion each time He saw the multitudes.  Jude also tells us to have compassion on some and make a difference in others lives.  How much sympathy, pity, and concern do you have for others?  If you never feel pain or a strong desire to intercede and pray for this lost and dying world, you may have left your cross at church.

Sing:  So I’ll cherish the Old Rugged Cross, till my trophies at last I lay down.  I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross and exchange it someday for a crown.  

Thought For Today:  Make a difference through your compassion

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