Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 14, 2011

Compassion Not Judging

Mt 8:16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick

Jesus healed all the sick.  He didn’t judge them.  He didn’t give them a lecture or preach first.  He met their need.  He didn’t tell them it was their fault.  He had compassion on them.  We are to do as Jesus did.  When someone around us is sick, we are to meet their needs.  We are not to judge the reason they’re sick.  We are to have compassion for them.  We are to pray for their healing, not lecture them about faith.  Many of the sick had friends who brought them to Jesus.  Do we bring our sick friends to Jesus?  Do we pray for them and tell them of His love and His healing?  Sickness takes many forms: some physical, mental, emotional, financial or spiritual.  All are to be ministered to with compassion not with judgment.  Most people are pretty good at judging themselves though they might not admit it out loud.  Our society is becoming less and less compassionate and more and more stressed and angry.  We may claim not to be judgmental but most of us are, even if we don’t give voice to our judgments.  Being judgmental shows up in our prayers.  Jesus said He didn’t come to judge but to heal and save.  Judgment comes when He returns.  Knowing this we must remember we have no right to judge anyone.  Ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you keep from judging.  As soon as you recognize you are judging someone else, turn that judging into prayers for the person – prayers for God’s work in that person and prayers for forgiveness for your own judging.  Let us reflect God’s acceptance and love.

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