40 Days of Compassion - Day 25 - Touch Their Wounds

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
Read Mark 12:30-31 slowly and purposely.  Allow God to write it on your heart.

"And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, ‘If you will, you can make me clean.’  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, ‘I will; be clean.’ Mark 1:40-41

"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?  Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18

The world is full of wounded people, people with spiritual, emotional, and relational needs.  These needs are easier to meet than we often realize.  Instead of trying to fix everyone’s problems, we can listen to their story, show we care, point them to Jesus, and pray for them.

Apply God’s Word to your life.
· Take time today to readjust your schedule so that you have time to touch the wounds of the people who cross your path today.
· Change your focus so that you are focused outward.
· Make the decision to listen, care and pray.

Father, thank you for including me in Your plan to reach a lost and needy world.  Forgive me for being so concerned about my agenda that I am unwilling to see and listen for Your agenda.  Help me to change my focus so that I am available to touch the wounds of the people You love so much.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.  Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us."  1 Thessalonians 2:5-8

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."  2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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