Tuesday, November 1, 2016

An Understanding Heart

A young boy with braces up to his knees on both legs hobbled into a pet store. Noticing the difficulty he had in walking, the owner approached him and said in a kind voice, “How can I help you?”
“I want to buy the puppy in the window,” he said.
“But, son,” said the owner, “that puppy has problems. He has a crippled leg and will need someone who can take care of him.”
Pulling up the legs of his trousers he said, “I understand. I have the same problem. So no one will love him more or take care of him better than me.”
One fact that should fill our minds and hearts with hope and encouragement comes from Hebrews: “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses for He faced the same temptations we do, yet He was without sin.” 
Thank God for the fact that Jesus was as human as we are. We can take great comfort in knowing that He faced everything that we face: hunger, loneliness, abandonment, pain, sorrow, grief, temptation, rejection – even death. And yet He never gave in or gave up His faith in His Heavenly Father. Jesus proved the fact that we do not need to give in to temptation and sin. He is the only one who ever lived that was always faithful and obedient to the teachings of Scripture and lived a life of perfection and set an example for us to follow.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the example Your Son, our Savior, set for us to follow. When we face temptation, give us Your strength to stand firm and not sin. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin…

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