“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted…” (Luke 4:18).
There’re hurting people all over the world who need our love and care. We meet them every day in our different spheres of contact: bus stops, shopping malls, classrooms, workplaces, on the streets etc. These are victims of a harsh and cruel society; full of shattered dreams and unfulfilled hopes.
Many of them hide behind the shadows of cosmetic smiles, while others clearly betray the weight of their burdens. What they need to experience is the love of God; they need to be enveloped in that love that reaches beyond their faults, pains and mistakes.
Make a difference today, in the lives of those hurting around you by showing them the Father’s love. Never be insensitive to the plights of others. Don’t be judgmental towards people, even when it’s obvious they’ve made blunders. Many of them are already broken inside and don’t need anyone to remind them of their wrongs!
Love heals. Thus when you meet hurting people, show them unconditional love; make up your mind they’ll leave happy, strengthened and encouraged. Love them with the love they can’t deny. What they need is a kind word from you; a word that’ll bring hope and encouragement; a word that’ll heal their broken hearts. For others, what they need might be just a kind smile, a gentle, compassionate touch that will communicate God’s love and acceptance. God brought them your way so you can show them a new future that is lighted with hope.
Remember that the love of God can heal the most broken of hearts! God’s love is the greatest power in the universe and it can rescue anyone from the deepest depths of depression, sorrow and pain. Therefore, speak words that will heal, build and encourage! God is counting on you to bring hope to someone in your world today.
Dear Father, you have filled my heart with your love such that I can reach out to heal the broken-hearted. I pray that you would open my eyes to see the hurting in my world today, so that I can bring them hope and love in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 John 4:11-12
(Taken by permission from Christ Embassy Church , aka Believer’s LoveWorld Ministries , Lagos, Nigeria. www.ChristEmbassy.org )