每日诗歌: 更愛我主 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/007.html)
在马太福音八章里记载的所有医治中，有件事显得很突出，被医治的人大多是社会的弃儿 - 一个麻疯病人，一个外邦人的仆人，一个女人，两个被鬼附着的男子。在耶稣时代的犹太人社会，在这立约的百姓中，这些人是被藐视甚至是被拒绝的。然而，我们的主对他们的态度就是:“我愿意”（太8:3）。没有官僚作风和繁文缛节，没有自大和骄傲，没有迟疑和不情愿。他愿意把他的恩典给任何有需要并且来到他面前的人。这就是我们的主。
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Matthew 5-7 collects many of our Lord's teachings about the Jewish Law in the so called "Sermon on the Mount". Throughout these chapters, our Lord makes it clear that the Kingdom of Heaven is no longer limited by the strict and superficial interpretation of the Jewish scribes. It is for all who are willing to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness (Mt 6:33, 7:7). Under such context, we come to chapter 8 in which our Lord graciously heals many. Our Lord not only teaches, He also put His teachings into action.
One thing stands out for all the healing in Matt 8 is that they are mostly for social outcast -- a leper, a servant of a gentile, a woman, and 2 demon possessed men. In the Jewish society of Jesus' time, these people were looked down to or even denied by the covenant community. However, the attitude of our Lord towards them was simply "I am willing" (Mt 8:3). There was no bureaucracy and red tape, no arrogance or pride, no hesitation or reluctance. He was willing to give out his grace to whoever needed it and came to Him. Such is the character of our Lord.
Mercy is one of the central values of Christian faith. "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" is in the Lord's Prayer. In the Old Testament, God spoke to his people through his prophet Micah “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Mi 6:8). A merciful heart makes a person shine with the beauty of our Lord, and many merciful hearts together make a beautiful and attractive community. Christians, have mercy, know your need of mercy, accept mercy willingly, and be a merciful follower of a merciful Lord.
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