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📖John 11:35 (ESV)
In this well-known story from John's Gospel, the account is the shortest but perhaps one of the most impactful verses in the Bible. John's dear friend Lazarus had died, and Lazarus' sisters, Mary and Martha, were understandably mourning the loss of their beloved brother. As Jesus arrived in the village, Mary arose, ran out to meet him, and fell at his feet, saying, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." Seeing her weeping, the scripture notes that Jesus was "deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled." He wept with her, fully aware that He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead. He could have said, "Stop your crying and watch what I'm about to do!" But He didn't; He wept with her. There's a lot to this story, but let me simply point out that Jesus joined her in weeping because of His great compassion. He empathized with her, feeling the distress of her broken heart and crying with her. That's compassion. That's what it means to mourn with those who mourn. Do we show this type of compassion with others? Do we shed tears when others shed tears? Compassion involves bearing the pains of someone going through a difficult time. How great is it that we serve a God who not only sympathizes with us but literally weeps alongside us, having compassion on us! Today, look for an opportunity to show Christlike compassion to someone.
🙏I'm praying for you always. ❤️
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