God…has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. -II Cor. 4:6
Here is a little poem from my promise box. It goes along with today’s devotional.
“When all your mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view, I’m lost in wonder, love and praise.”-Unknown
This morning, I was reading in my devotional – Mocha with Max. As many of you know, he is my favorite author. I ‘m going to paraphrase some of what he wrote. He was talking about the woman in Samaria, and how she had so much against her. Here is a list of only a few obstacles she had to face on a daily basis:
- Discrimination. The Jews at that time hated the Samaritans.
- Gender bias. She is a woman, condescended to by the men.
- She is a divorcee. Married five times, now sharing a bed with a guy who won’t give her a ring!
She’s certainly not Samaria’s finest! Definitely not the woman you’d put in charge of the Ladies’ Bible class.
But, that’s what’s so astounding! That is exactly what Jesus does. He not only put her in charge of the class; he put her in charge of evangelizing the whole town! Before the day comes to an end, the whole city has heard about a man who claims to be God. “He told me everything I ever did” (John 4:39), she tells them, “and He loved me anyway!”
This is something we all need to learn in everyday life. Some of us think we have it all together…that we have no sin. But God KNOWS everything we have ever done, or will do, yet He loves us anyway.
This is the way we are to love others! We can’t condem…we have no idea, ‘why?’ the prostitute gives herself away…’why?’ the drug addict wants to be high all the time…’why?’ the homeless person lives on the street…etc. Someone once said, “But for the grace of God, there go I.” God’s grace, love and mercy is the only thing standing between us and them. Were it not for His grace…we might be in the same place!
Perhaps, they have never heard of this great love…this mercy and grace that is offered to all. It is our duty, our responsibility to share the love of Jesus with them. Remember this:
“A LITTLE RAIN CAN STRAIGHTEN A FLOWER STEM…A LITTLE LOVE CAN CHANGE A LIFE!”-Max
Thanks for your insight Max!