January 31 - God's Compassion Brings Healing

By Terrill Pearson

Today's Scripture: Matthew 20:34

Central Thought: Persistence in prayer will result in God's unleashing His compassion.

    A young soldier returning from the war in the Middle East expressed his willingness to pay any price to know that his sins were forgiven. He struggled to believe that God would forgive him just by asking. To him, God's compassion and forgiveness should cost him more. His wise pastor asked him how he reached the office on the twentieth floor where he worked. The young man replied that he took the elevator. The pastor then asked how much the elevator ride cost him. He said it was free. While it was free, the elevator cost the owner of the building a great price. The pastor reminded the young man that the same is true of God's love—it is free to those who ask, but it cost God His Son.

    In today's scripture, the word compassion conveys several ideas: to spare, to have mercy, to experience tender mercies. Compassion and its connotations relate to the very nature of God. Jesus had compassion on the two blind men that persisted in calling out to Him (Matthew 20:29-34). He restored their sight and made them whole. God desires to do the same for us today. He desires to bless those who ask of Him and restore that which has been lost. His love for us is so great that He will do whatever it takes to help us in our need. If we have faith in God and allow him to work in our lives, we also have hope for a brighter tomorrow.

    Although God is just and righteous, He is also compassionate and merciful. Be persistent—don't give up. Call on him today, and allow His compassion to bring healing and restoration to you.

Devotional Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to receive Your love into my heart and to truly believe that You will forgive my past and bless my future.

Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 12:14-13:16; Matthew 20:29-21:22; Psalm 25:16-22; Proverbs 6:12-15