Feeling the Hurts of Others

By   •   February 12   •   Topics: ,

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This age in which we live could hardly be described as conducive to a sensitiveness of the needs of others. We have developed a veneer of sophistication and hardness. Abraham Lincoln once said, characteristically, “I am sorry for the man who can’t feel the whip when it is laid on the other man’s back.” Much of the world is calloused and indifferent toward mankind’s poverty and distress. This is due largely to the fact that for many people there has never been a rebirth. The love of God has never been shed abroad in their hearts. Many people speak of the social gospel as though it were separate and apart from the redemptive Gospel. The truth is: there is only one Gospel. We must be redeemed, we must be made right with God before we can become sensitive to the needs of others. Divine love, like a reflected sunbeam, shines down before it radiates out. Unless our hearts are conditioned by the Holy Spirit to receive and reflect the warmth of God’s compassion, we cannot love our fellowmen as we ought.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team shares God’s compassion with people in crisis. Find out more.

Prayer for the day

Help me to feel another person's hurt and be concerned, Father, so that I may shed the light of Your love in an uncaring world.

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  1. Demetria Johnson says:

    Father, I need to be still and let Your nature enter into my mind and my heart. Your nature of love and compassion for my brothers and sisters in Christ as well as my neighbors who are not yet saved. Amen

    1. Max says:

      Well said Demetria. God bless you.

  2. Osuji Raymond says:

    Father, please give me the heart to love

  3. Osuji Raymond says:

    Love is the key to happiness

  4. Thanghao Dimngel says:

    I would be ver glad to receive the daily devotion my great Icon Dr Billy Graham

  5. Vickie Goff says:

    Great reading and something to think. About

  6. karenbelew@gmail.com says:

    To be able to love my neighbor as myself. Pray to be full of the spirit to love all .

  7. Freda Eliab says:


  8. Marsha Williamson says:

    Amen! Please give me a heart to be more like Jesus and to Love All people the way He Loves all!!!

  9. kaye ronald says:

    good and dear message that are touching and a change to somebody’s daily life,am inspired to preach them at our church here in uganda

  10. Phil says:

    Amen… I don’t believe that without being right with God real love and compassion of any kind can never be truly known or felt.