“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Our Tenderhearted Savior

(Please read Matthew 11:28-30)

August 16

With one of the tenderest appeals ever uttered, Jesus issued the Great Invitation of our text. How wonderful that the King of kings and Lord of lords is not only the exalted ruler of the universe but is also humble, gentle and meek! He knows the problems of the poor, because he was poor. But it wasn’t poverty that made him meek; his humility went deeper than that. It was a way of life planned even before he came into the world. Even though equal with God, “he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-8, NIV).

Jesus declared that he “did not come to be served, but to serve.” During his earthly ministry this Great Physician showed his compassion by what he did as well as what he said. He healed many who were blind, deaf, lame, or had other physical ailments. And on his last evening with them he even washed the feet of each of his apostles!

All people everywhere are included in the Great Invitation, for in one way or another everyone is at times weary and burdened by the troubles and sorrows common to the human family.

How should we serve such a Savior? We can be like him in lowliness — receiving injuries or harsh words with patience instead of retaliation, being courteous and kind in telling others about the gentle Savior, never seeking places of honor at the expense of others, and so on.

Lord, help us, if we get to feeling superior to others, to remember and imitate your humility and your unselfish ways.

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