(from Isaiah 53:12)
I love this characteristic of Christ. He prays for us! He prays for us because were sinners. He felt all our sin laid upon him. He knows the weight of it, and the hold of it. He has compassion on us in our sin struggles. He took our punishment for our sin; it makes sense that he would pray for us. His heart is that we would be delivered and walk in victory and righteousness through obedience to the will of God. As the old saying goes, "Jesus loves you as you are, but He loves you too much to leave you that way."
Should we not also be following Christ's example? We also should look on others in their sin struggles with compassion, and pray for them.
If we know God's word, we can rightly judge what is sin. If we live like Christ, we will not bring judgement upon the sinner, we'll pray for them and love them regardless of their sin.
And who knows? Maybe through the power of that compassion and Christ-like love, captives will be set free.
Christ has scars from the nails that held him for our sin, and we have scars from the shackles that once held us in our sin.
Lord, let us remember what You have done for us, and remember that prayer is more effective than judgement.
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