Thursday, May 23, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 23 May 2019


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:  The story of the Good Samaritan is a story of compassion.  One of the ways we can determine if we have a heart of compassion is when we see others suffering or hurting and that rips at our heart and we desire to do something about their dilemma.  If it doesn’t faze us, then we probably don’t have compassion.  Somewhere, we’ve laid down the cross that Jesus commanded us to carry if we are to be His disciples.  As true cross bearers, we must always have a heart of compassion.  If we always feel that we are better than others, then we do not have a heart of compassion.
Sing: Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. And with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary for You.

Thought For Today: Compassion … the heartbeat of a True Cross-Bearer (Parker)

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