Day 12

Day Twelve:  Treating Others with Compassion

“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,
And exploit all your laborers.
4 Indeed you fast for strife and debate,
And to strike with the fist of wickedness.
You will not fast as you do this day,
To make your voice heard on high.”  Isaiah 58:4 KJV

Throughout God’s word, it is evident God does not base our right standing with Him upon our outward actions, but on the attitudes and motives of our hearts.

In the verse above, God explains to Israel why He does not accept their fast, and why their prayers are not being answered—because of their treatment of their servants and neighbors.
God places an extremely high value upon people.

When we learn to share in His value of others, it pleases Him.

Employers in Israel were mistreating their employees and neighbors were involved in strife and debates with each other while fasting.
Because Israel’s heart was not compassionate and forgiving to one another, God would not accept their fast, nor hear their prayers.

While you fast these 21 days, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anyone whom you need to display more compassion to.
Is there anyone in your life you have been involved in strife or debate with?

Take this fast and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to make amends with anyone whom you’ve had a quarrel with.  Look for an open door of opportunity God provides to make peace with this person or individuals.

You may just find that by taking this step to please God through your relationships that He also takes care of those who have unjustly treated you.
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7 KJV

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