Bible Thursday 10/11: Compassion

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalms 135:1-21. Verses 15-18, in today’s pervasive technology, to what things do I falsely attribute intelligence, power, or personality? What is God’s reply to that?

Ezra 8:1-36. Ezra’s executive competency. Who is the best leader, mobilizer, organizer for kingdom work that I have known? What made them so? How can I be more like them?

Haggai 2:15-23. Verse 19, what providence that I seek from God, not yet manifest to me, does he want me to be praising and thanking him for today?

Luke 7:11-17. Verse 13, how does Jesus’ compassion relate to his healing power? How does it differ from the “compassion” so often talked about these days? How can I be a vessel for it?

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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.