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Love and compassion | Week of February 4th

Luke 7:12-13, And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

From the sermon series: The activity of the Lord

In these verses, Jesus encounters a woman in the city of Nain. Her son, who was the only one she had left to care for her, had just died. Having compassion on her, Jesus raises her son from the dead.

When we read this passage from the Bible, starting with Luke 7:11, we see that Jesus was walking into Nain with His disciples and a large crowd, just as the funeral procession for the widow’s son was walking to the gate to leave the city. Jesus, quite literally, meets this woman where she is in her grief. And He comforts her. Jesus also meets us where we are, no matter how deep our grief or despair. Whether we need comfort during daily struggles or during the hardest moments of our lives, we can turn to Him. While sometimes it can be difficult to face other people during these times, or we feel that they just can’t understand what we are going through, Jesus understands our grief and feels compassion for us. We just need to recognize that He is there, waiting for us to turn to Him.

Journal Prompt: How has Jesus comforted you during tough times in your life?

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