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Mark 2:2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

The faith of these men is the focus; however, let’s focus on something that’s not often mentioned. Let’s look at their compassion.

First, it’s unknown how far these men had to carry this paralytic man to be in the presence of Jesus, but no matter how far it was, their compassion got him there. Secondly, their compassion compelled them to risk injury to themselves or injury to the paralytic man by carrying him on the roof of the house. Finally, their compassion could have cost them time and money after destroying another person’s roof to let him down.

How many of us have the compassion of these men to see another person saved, healed, and delivered until we’re willing to inconvenience ourselves or spend more time and money than we anticipated to get them in the presence of Jesus? Are we willing to take time out of our day away from our families to visit, encourage, and pray with them? Are we willing to get up earlier and go out of our way to take them to the house of God? Are we willing to simply buy them a meal? We should be.

God has been so good to us and we should desire for everyone to experience this blessed abundant life.

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Scriptures of the Day

August 2018
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