Have Pity on Me!

Luke 17:12-13 — 12 As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” (NIV)

Ten men with a chronic skin disease came to Jesus. They knew He was capable of healing them, so they cried out for pity. Maybe today you are facing some kind of a chronic condition as well. You’re desperate for relief, and you find yourself calling out, “Master, have pity on me!” If so, please pay careful attention.

First of all, there are two types of pity. There is self-pity, which says, “Woe is me. Feel sorry for me and share in my misery.” Another word for self-pity is depression. Many people become depressed because they make the decision to wallow in their difficulties. They accept and live in their woeful condition. This kind of an attitude isolates us from God. Jesus does not plan on attending your pity party. He has better things to do.

In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men returned from battle to find their homes burned and their families captured. On top of losing his possessions and family, the other men began to talk about stoning David. David likely thought, “Do I accept this situation and become depressed, or do I ask God to intervene?”

The second type of pity says, “Jesus, I acknowledge that I cannot overcome this on my own, but I also know that you are more than able. I give you permission to intervene. Have mercy on me!” In fact, another word for pity is mercy. When we ask for God’s mercy, we are not asking Him to feel sorry for us. We are admitting our need for Him and declare He is the answer.

David chose not to throw a pity party. Instead he found strength in God, and the Lord instructed him on how to get out of his dilemma (1 Samuel 30:6-8). Likewise, the ten lepers knew Jesus could cure them, and He did. How will you choose to respond to your present difficulty?

Luke 17:14 — When He saw them, He said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed (NIV).

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