Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, November 2nd, 2018
Beautiful Like Esther... Beauty Ingredients: Sympathy
When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry... and the queen was deeply distressed.
Esther 4:1, 4 (NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NKJV)
For we do not have a High Priest Who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV)
Jesus wept.
John 11:35 (NKJV)
When Haman tricked King Ahasuerus into signing a death warrant for all the Jews in Persia, Mordecai lamented at the King's gate. Esther tried to comfort him, but Mordecai refused her comfort... until Esther discovered the scope of the pending devastation. Her sympathy opened a door.

Her head met her heart, and they joined to form a plan that would save her people. Consider it: A head without a heart can only think. A heart without a head can only feel. A head and heart without direction can only get lost.

But when the head and the heart unite in God, when God stood on Human Legs and began to move, the world changed. Nothing could stop Him, and nothing can stop His people.

Consider also: If Jesus wept, real men cry; it's a necessary lubrication. When they don't, their hearts may harden. If you think crying isn't manly, remember David, one of the best warriors the world has ever known. David said, 'All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears' (Psalm 6:6).

Sympathy is a movement orchestrated by God. It is a symphony of the heart that keeps us in harmony and concert with our Conductor.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: we live in a cold, dark world. Lurking in the darkness is evil. It has different names: fear, anger, hatred, persecution, depression, confusion, worthlessness, hopelessness or chaos.

Other demons have grown bold and walk openly: pride, vanity, lust, harlotry and jealousy. They prance around in designer sunglasses. But behind them, the darkness is still there.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are called to enter the darkness and bring the light--to be the light. So you must leave your safe havens and walk bravely forward--into all the nooks, crannies and corners of the world, wherever your Director sends you.

Rebuke evil, but love its victims. 'Weep with those who weep' (Romans 12:15). Embrace the helpless. Help the homeless, and set the captives free. 'Comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing' (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

'To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit' (1 Peter 3:8). Therein, you act like Christ.

## Beautiful Like Esther... Beauty Ingredients: Sympathy (Part 16)

NOTE: Parts 5-31 of this series are republished edits of a 2014 series called, Beautiful Like Esther. In them you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful Like Esther Update series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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