The Raising of the Widow’s Son

“The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.” (Luke 7:15)

By raising the widow’s son, Jesus showed his mercy to restore life in our most cherished relationships.

Many of us have relationships with loved ones that are a source of grief and commotion. The raising of the widow’s son ought to give us hope that Jesus can have pity on us too and bring them back to life.

Today, let’s pray that by strengthening our bond with Jesus, he can mend our relationships. Let’s pray that he gives us soft hearts and humility to let him tell us “do not weep” when he gives us our loved ones back.

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I Desire Mercy

“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” (Matthew 9:13)

Sometimes in our religious zeal, we tend to confuse sacrifice for righteousness. Any sacrifice in God’s name must be one that leads to him not away from him. Sacrifices for our families, our spiritually, our jobs, our politics, our laws must be modeled after Jesus Christ’s mercy not be self-centered.

We must always remember, however, the value of proper sacrifices. We need to sacrifice some of our busy time and financial resources, however limited, to pray, to build up relationships with our loved ones, and to serve our church and communities. Moreover, we need to sacrifice our status quo and comfort zone to defend and protect justice, life, and Christian values. We need to sacrifice any fear, guilt or sin that prevents us from living in Christ. Our imperfect humanity gives us strength because we know what it is like to be lost and to be found; to have fallen and been redeemed. It would be unmerciful to others not to act.


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