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Great is his mercy!

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When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them (Matthew 9:36).

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by Pastor Glenn Crouch

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When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them (Matthew 9:36).

Read Matthew 9:27–38

Today we see our Lord Jesus showing mercy through the healing of the blind and restoring speech (and exorcising a demon) to the mute. We see that as he saw the crowds, the feeling he felt was compassion. Sadly, the Pharisees who were present were blinded by the threat to their power, and they used their speech to condemn Jesus – and we should also note their apparent lack of compassion.

Jesus’ words to his disciples indicate that he wants them – and us – to share in the compassion he feels for the people. That he wants them – and us – to work with him to spread the good news of the kingdom. He also wants us to pray for more workers because God’s harvest is bountiful!

As God has been (and is) merciful to us, how merciful are we with others? As Jesus was (and is) compassionate with us, how compassionate are we with others? It is good to hold up a mirror to ourselves and see how we measure up. I know I find myself wanting. I am then so thankful my Lord God is merciful and compassionate. He is patient with me, and he will help me be the worker he needs for his harvest.

Merciful Father, help me be merciful and compassionate to my family, to those with whom I work and to those whom I encounter each day. I want to be a good worker. Help me hear your Holy Spirit as he teaches me. Amen.


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