When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” Matthew 9:2 NKJV
Reading Matthew 9:1-7 reveals hardness of heart and unbelief in some of the scribes who witnessed a wonderful, merciful healing of a paralyzed man. Their reaction wasn’t one of joy or amazement, but of accusation. They said “within” themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
Even this shows Jesus’ all knowing abilities. Jesus knew their thoughts. He always read people’s inward thoughts. In verse 4, Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?” The evil the scribes thought was unbelief and accusation. The scribes had no mercy or compassion for the one Jesus healed. They’re thoughts were against Jesus, who was setting the poor man free from bondage. You have to be pretty hard hearted not to be happy for someone who was paralyzed and now could walk.
Are we harboring evil in our own hearts? Is there unbelief? How about your compassion level? Are you concerned for other’s well being?
Lord Jesus, You know our thoughts. Have mercy on us, forgive us for the evil in our hearts. Heal us and give us right desires and compassion for the lost. In Jesus’ name Amen.