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Daily Devotional for Sunday September 20, 2015
The Good Samaritan
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to get through this day and the challenges that I will be facing today. Guide me, strengthen me, and give me wisdom as I make choices throughout this day. Please watch over my family and those I love in this world, and keep them safe. I love you Lord, and depend upon you each moment of each day. Bless me as I go through the day, living my life for your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
In the Bible, there is a great story of the Good Samaritan. This is the man who stopped to help a wounded traveler. There is much significance in this story, in that several religious men failed to stop and help, but kept on going. The racial division between the Jews and Samaritans was very much like the racial divisions we have in our society today, making it even more powerful that a Samaritan would stop to help a Jewish man.
It is easy to read that story and condemn the religious men for going on their way without stopping to help, but ask yourself this question, "How many wounded do I pass each day and fail to stop and help?"
I am not talking about someone literally laying wounded beside the road, but hurting and going through so much pain because of the events in their life. If you know Jesus as your Savior and understand the gift of everlasting life He has given to you, isn't that information you want to share?
So many people you come in contact with each day are hurting and struggling with life, and God has placed them in your path to stop, reach out with love, and share with them that Jesus is the answer. It is easy to point the finger at the ?church? as it is the religious men in the Bible story, and say how awful for them to be so cold.
But God has done something wonderful in your life and has given you the commandment to tell others that He is real. It is not an option to stop and help!!!
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today to take advantage of the opportunities that the Lord has placed in your path. The people that are "wounded by the side of the road" waiting for a good Samaritan to come along.
They are not there by accident, and you are not walking on that road by accident. Take advantage of the opportunity the Lord has given you and share with them that Jesus is the answer!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,