Monday, August 1, 2016

Mercy and compassion

Mercy and Compassion beyond the terms and methods of normality

The story found is Matthew 9.19, concerning the woman with an haemorrhage.  This woman decided on an unusual approach to the Lord Jesus. As a woman in that culture, and as one ceremonially unclean, she really had no way to approach the Lord. In simple, sincere faith she thought –“ If I can touch His robe I will be healed”. And so she did, and the healing was immediate.

I do pause to ponder the grace of God responding to unconventional, sincere faith. God is not bound to the methods of men. The God of all grace discerns the motive and the faith of the heart. He responds accordingly. In Acts 19, seven men were trying to do miracles, but their insincerity was exposed. We do well to remember that the Lord looks on our heart and can truely say “I know”

The Lord Jesus was not concerned with the method of the woman, rather He commended her faith. Due to His meekness, He did not draw attention to the object of her faith, but that is unavoidably implied. He wanted her to enjoy good health, but much more, He wanted to encourage her spirit to rejoice in knowing the true Messiah, the Saviour of the world.

Sometimes it is Him touching us. Sometimes we are able by  faith to reach out and touch Him.

“ Seek the Lord while He may be found, call on Him while He is near”.

J McKee

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