Lent Devotion Day 8

Source: International Christian Churches : "LENT: With ONE  Voice"
TRUTH CARES.

I had to cancel a hotel reservation today because  -due the weather, I wasn't able to make it the hotel after all. Their cancellation policy stated that in order to receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 72 hours in advance.  I kindly explained our situation and after a careful and thoughtful conversation with the Hotel Manager, she decided to cancel my reservation and give me a full refund.  I was pleasantly surprised that she was willing to make an exception in order to make me feel better and take care of my needs.
Unfortunately, we all know too well that ‘care’ is a rare commodity in this world nowadays.
The four men who carried the paralyzed man cared more about their friend’s well being than any obstacles that lay before them. The teachers of the law, however, cared more about themselves and their own knowledge than anything else. Indeed, it is a great reminder that ‘knowledge puffs up while love builds up.’

Jesus cared for the man, not just physically but spiritually; forgiving his sins. Demonstrating that we care can have its challenges but we should remember that God is with us and he will give us the power to overcome.

Mark 2:1-12 The Message (MSG)
A Paraplegic
2 1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”
6-7 Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among themselves, “He can’t talk that way! That’s blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins.”
8-12 Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, “Why are you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or say, ‘Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . .” (he looked now at the paraplegic), “Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home.” And the man did it—got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous—and then praised God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”


FOR REFLECTION
• What are some of the things that we really need to care about in our lives?
• Prayerfully ask God who he wants us to show care to this season.
• How can we practically help and care for them?
• Pray that we can bring our non-believing family members, friends and colleagues to Jesus so that they can receive the ultimate healing; the forgiveness of sin and to be made right with God.

PRAYER
Father, help me to be more caring, and less judgmental. Open opportunities for me to show genuine care to my family, friends and colleagues.