Divine day greetings to you, precious family!!! Father leads me to a Bible story of pondering a man with leprosy today as he steps forward to approach Jesus for help with his condition. Leprosy was often referred to as one of several skin diseases that placed many restrictions on a person who was struggling with it. Often in days of old, they were banned by society and the thought of approaching one such as Jesus was considered very wrong in the eyes of the Law and society. Therefore, as the man with leprosy stepped out to approach Jesus, I have to say that I admire this man as he chose to act on his faith in who Jesus was rather than fear judgment. Stepping out in courage – ruh, ruh, ruh!!! WAY TO GO SAINT!!! HOOORRRAAAHHH!!! GO FOR JESUS WITH WHAT YA GOT!!! HE BECKONS US ALL TO COME TO HIM AS WE JUST AS WE ARE!!!
That is sooo important for all of us as Father’s kingdom kids!!! This man had a very interesting attitude towards Jesus, in that he knew that Jesus had the power to destroy him for breaking the Law and if God chose to be a God of wrath, He was certainly capable and he also knew that if Jesus wanted to heal him, that he could do that as well! The man could’ve let his fear of God and his own legalistic approach to life prevent him from approaching Jesus, but instead he chose to act on his faith that God was capable to help him and that He might be a “merciful” God, however, the man had some question about Jesus being merciful. Sometimes it is easier to believe in God’s power than in His mercy, but God is indeed rich in mercy and this was very evident when Jesus responded to the man by saying “I am willing, be healed!” In so doing, Jesus placed love and relationship over the Law. This was His heart evidenced when Our Father demonstrated His love and mercy for us in that while we were all yet sinners, He died for us so that we could have a forever personal love relationship with Him. His mercies are new every morning and when we have confessed (agreed with God about) our sins to Him, trusting we are forgiven by Him thru our faith in His perfect work on the cross, He cleanses us from all unrighteousness! He also promises to work all things for the good of those who are called according to His purpose. Hallelujah!!! Now how merciful is all of that!!!
Jesus is someone who understands us and sympathizes with us and the author of the book of Hebrews encourages us to approach the throne of grace (Jesus) just as the man of leprosy did, with confidence to receive of His mercy and grace to help us in our need! Jesus was all about mercy over sacrifice, but in view of His mercy to us, let us do as Luke tells us to as a spiritual act of worship of our Lord – to be merciful as our Father is merciful. Jesus so longs for us to love one another as He loves us and that is with mercy. Mercy is to have pity or compassion for the ills of others, to exhibit and feel compassion towards one another. Mercy was shown to the leprous man and his life was forever changed. That thought just has me all inspired! Let us approach His throne of grace with confidence of His love, mercy, grace and power for us each and pray for mercy and grace to have hearts of mercy with which to love others. We as our Father’s children can do just as Jesus did – show mercy and change the world! How wonderful is that thought? Let us always remember to claim it for ourselves and walk it out by His sufficient grace that works in us to will and act according to His purpose!!! We’re cowboyed up (made strong and sufficient) by His mercy!!! Oh that just makes me smile and journey forth with joy in my heart as this song says here!!! Much sisterly love to you all!
Mk 1:40-41; Lev 13:45-46; Jn 3:16, 15:12; 1 Jn 1:9; La 3:22-23; Eph 2:4-10; Ro 5:8, 12:1; Lk 6:36, 10:30-37; Mt 12:1-14, 23:23;