A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
It’s located in one of the poorest parts of New Delhi. Behind what we would consider a slum area is a small colony of lepers. On either side of a narrow walkway there are small connecting rooms that house the outcasts who sit by their doorways to pass the day. One result of leprosy is the loss of feeling in the extremities. Many of the people I saw that day had lost their hands and feet due to repeated injuries and infections.
It’s no wonder this man with leprosy came to Jesus, fell to his knees, and begged for healing. The disease had caused him to be driven from his home, family, and friends. As leprosy was eating away his body, loneliness was breaking his heart. He was rejected, sidelined, and left to die. Then he met Jesus and everything changed.
Jesus was filled with compassion when He saw the leper’s state. With two words He changed the man’s circumstances and life’s direction. He can do the same for you. The disease of sin may be eating you up from the inside out. Loneliness is your constant companion. “Rejected” seems to be your theme. Come to Jesus. Experience His compassion. He changes everything.
Father, I pray for the person who feels alone and rejected. I pray they will come to You and ask for Your compassion. Change the course of their life by Your gentle touch and Your powerful healing from the inside out. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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