Journal Entry by Warren Mortomore

S – Luke 13:12-13 (The Passion Translation)
When Jesus saw her condition, he called her over and gently laid his hands on her. Then he said “Dear woman, you are free, I release you forever from this crippling spirit.” Instantly she stood straight and tall and overflowed with glorious praise to God!

O – Observation
I loved reading these verses! Here we see our Lord Jesus healing a woman who had been crippled for the past 18 years. He did this in spite of the fact that it was the Sabbath and that it infuriated the Jewish leaders around him. Not only do I love that He healed her (because how ridiculously life changing for this lady!!!!!), I love His heart. He was compassionate, gentle and kind. He saw someone in need who most people would not have taken notice of, He treated her kindly and generously as a person of value and He healed her.

A – Application
Reading these verses makes me wonder how often do I see people around me that others don’t see? How often do I bring a compassionate, gentle and kind heart into a situation? How often I do see a person in need and introduce them to Jesus the healer? The truth is I could do better. Jesus gives us a beautiful example of how we are to treat people and what we can offer them that is so different to the world.

P – Prayer
Father, thank you that you love every single one of us without exception. Thank you that you see and understand each one of us even when it feels no one else does. Thank you for your healing power that brings wholeness into our lives. Help me to follow your example. Help me to see and reflect your heart in every situation I encounter. Amen.