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And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.  And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. Mark 3:1-5

The religious crew was ready to kill Jesus because He dared to change a guy’s life by healing his withered hand on the sabbath. They didn’t see the incredible value that Jesus was bringing to this man’s life. All they could think about and what they couldn’t get past was that Jesus healed him on the sabbath. This attitude grieved Jesus. He could not believe that these guys had such cold hearts toward something that would bring such joy to this man whose hand was withered. They were missing the miracle. Jesus was seen and described in the gospels as being moved with compassion when He saw the hurting and the lost. His attitude was the opposite of the religious because He saw beyond those needs. I don’t know about you, but I want to live with that kind of compassion and I never want Jesus to be grieved by any hardness of heart or lack of compassion.  We may not have that depth of hardness of heart like these guys did, but we may find ourselves acting uncaringly towards the spiritual well being of others in such a way that it would grieve Jesus. How can we avoid grieving Him? We need to remember to always rejoice over the lost getting saved, always be willing to share with/invite the ones we don’t think will ever get saved, never give up on the prodigal son or daughter, always believe that Jesus could still do a work in that person who does not seem like they are living it. No one is too far from Him that they cannot be saved. So, in other words, let’s try to see people as Jesus did, with love and compassion.

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