‘A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory.’ Matthew 12.20
It is very easy to look at the gentleness and kindness of Jesus and confuse these qualities with softness. As we look at today’s verse in which Matthew applies Isaiah’s words to Jesus, the gentleness of Jesus goes hand in hand with his mission – a mission that is nothing short of justice and victory. Not only does Jesus have a deep love for those who are suffering, but he also feels the injustice of it.
This is so powerful for us to grasp because it presents us with a picture of Jesus who is not simply holding our wounded selves with a ‘there, there’ attitude. Instead he holds us tenderly, but with an anger that we should be suffering and with a determination that injustice shall not prevail.
This is where prayer comes in. Prayer is not simply expressing your wish to God, but is about aligning yourself with his vision for the wholeness of his people – including yourself and those you know. So as you sit quietly, why not say ‘yes’ to God’s vision and invite him to intervene in your life and in the lives of those for whom you pray?
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