‘I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. ‘
1 Timothy 2:1, 3-4
The heart of Jesus is full of compassion. He went about His time on earth reaching out to the oppressed, the sick, the demon possessed and the homeless ones that were rejected by society. He wept over the death of a friend, He raised the dead and restored joy to families who were in grief.
The heart of Jesus is focused on service. When He was with His disciples He served them supper, He cooked breakfast for them on the beach (after His resurrection) and washed their feet. He taught them that they should do the same.
Of course the heart of Jesus is primarily concerned with restoring as many as will accept Him to fellowship with the Father. This was His primary mission and that mission now falls on us as His disciples.
John 17 is a prayer that Jesus prayed for His disciples, and He makes it clear that we are included in that prayer. So let us fully take on the heart of Jesus as we reach out in compassion, service and restoration ministry to our neighbors.
Lord, teach me how to have the heart of Jesus as I go about my day. May I have compassion, do willing service and reach out to the lost, so that I might be a worthy servant. Amen
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