He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts.
Mark 3:5 (NLT)
Anger is a secondary emotion and often hides what is really bothering us. In today’s verse we see that Jesus was angry at the Pharisees because they were more concerned about their laws than God’s love and mercy. Instead of rejoicing in a visitation from God, they wanted to stop Jesus from healing a man’s hand because they considered it working on the Sabbath. Upon a second look, we see that behind His anger Jesus was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. So many would try to motivate us into righteous behavior because of the anger of God, but in truth our disobedience saddens Him. Instead of anger, how many nights did the father of the Prodigal Son cry when he saw his son’s empty bed? How it grieves my heart to think that I have caused the Lord, who loves me so much, to be deeply saddened. How I have grieved Him. Today consider God’s love for you; such a deep love that it saddens Him when you stray. Let that kind of love motivate you to live for Him.
Dear Lord, forgive me for grieving Your heart. I have been so selfish and ungrateful. Help me consider your deep love for me so it will motivate me to glorify You with the way I live.
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