Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
"There . . . came to him a leper, entreating him even on bended knee." (Mark 1:40)
The leper came to Jesus and pleaded to be cured. (Mark 1:41, 42) Instead of sending the leper away, Jesus dealt with the shunned man in a compassionate and dignified manner. What Jesus saw was a pitiful human with a need for relief. With heart stirred, Jesus turned his feelings of compassion into prompt action. He reached out, touched the leper, and healed him. As Jesus’ followers, how can we imitate the manner in which Jesus reflected the dignity of his Father? One way is by appreciating that all humans—regardless of status, health, or age—deserve due honor and respect. (1 Peter 2:17) Especially do those in positions of oversight, such as husbands, parents, and Christian elders, need to dignify those in their care and help them to preserve their self-respect. The Bible states: “In brotherly love have tender affection for one another. In showing honor to one another take the lead.”—Romans 12:10.
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 3:15, 16)