“And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Jesus, in love and compassion heals and restores.” Matthew 8:3
People with leprosy traditionally suffered banishment from family and neighbors but Jesus broke from the tradition and treated lepers with mercy, touching and healing them.
He had no fear of the disease or of the people he healed.
He simply saw their need and engaged with them.
He gave no thought to himself — his safety, his comfort, his reputation.
Do I show the same mercy to those who come before me?
Do I engage with people who are unlovely or sick — in a way that truly allows them to see the love of Jesus extended through me?
Do I pick and choose whom I will love?
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Jesus, my prayer is that you help me to be like you. I pray that my own selfishness would be banished and that your love, compassion and grace for others would flow through me. Holy Spirit, thank you for helping me — nudging me when I need to respond and giving me courage to sometimes step outside my comfort zone to help others who need your love.