“He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts.”
Mark 3:5 (NLT)
Here we see Jesus angry. The Pharisees, who thought they were so close to God because of their ability to follow the letter of the law, failed to see that it was better to follow God than their traditions. It angered Jesus to see mankind in their stubborn rebellion toward Him. It angered Him that the Pharisees thought God cared more about the law than a man that needed healing. But we also see another side of Jesus. From anger Jesus changes His demeanor to sadness. Sadness over how far we had gotten from Him. Sadness that we are blinded to the truth and that we allow our hearts to become hardened toward Him. So often we paint the picture of an angry God. A God who cannot tolerate our sin. A God who knows all the rules and expects us to live by the rules. Yet, there is the part of God that is saddened at our willful avoidance of Him. Our slow gradual hardening of our heart. Today, come to Him. Worship Him. Let His love soften Your heart again.
Father, I have let so many things come between me and You. I have allowed my heart to harden toward Your desire for my life. Forgive me. I come now and ask You to soften my heart again. In Jesus’ name.
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