THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
Acts 3:8 (NLT)
A PERSON OF COMPASSION BRINGS CHANGE
John Stott tells of an English Salvation Army drummer who was beating his drum so hard that the band leader had to tell him to pipe down a bit and not make so much noise. In his cockney accent the drummer replied, “God bless you, sir, since I’ve been converted, I’m so ’appy, I could bust the bloomin’ drum!” (Christianity Today)
The paralyzed man asked for money, but Peter gave him something much better—the use of his legs. We often ask God to solve a small problem, but he wants to give us a whole new life and help with all our problems. When we ask God for help, he may say, “I’ve got something even better for you.” Ask God for what you want, but don’t be surprised when he gives you what you really need. (Life Application Bible Commentary) God gave this man a new walk, new joy and a new reason to worship.
Our emotional health is closely connected to our spiritual health. When God has you in a good place spiritually it is much easier to be in a good place emotionally. Who have you encountered lately that needs to experience God’s transforming power? Pray for an opportunity to share with them from a heart of compassion how Jesus can change their life.
List some ways God has made a difference in you. Praise Him for the things on your list.