At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel... – Maya Angelou
The leper lay in a desolate heap at the feet of the Savior. He knew that he was an outcast among men; broken in body and in spirit, his heart bloodied and bruised. How he longed to have his pain driven away. With a faint glimmer of hope in his eye, the leper dared to look at the Savior's feet as he spoke.
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. – Matthew 8:2-3
Notice, that the words of Jesus seem to cure this man. Yes, Jesus took care of the disease, but He was more interested in the person than the disease. He didn't just tell the guy, He "touched" him. It was probably the first human contact this man had had in years. Our tendency is to fix the problem with as little contact as possible, but "Jesus love" is different.
You know, a lot of people in our churches feel the way this leper did – untouchable. The divorced, the unemployed, the unmarried mothers, the uneducated, and those who are not physically whole know this feeling. They see the looks as people sitting in the next pew pretend not to see them. The depressed, the terminally ill, those with AIDS – all know the rejection very well. What an enormous tragedy this is.
God's people are called – no, commanded – to run towards these people who are in such a desperate state. All it takes is spending time with someone, a word of kindness, and, of course, an offering of hope – a real touch. They need deep healing–the kind that reaches all the way down to their souls – just like Jesus does for you. He heals when we love with a "Jesus kind of love."
Father, I want to love others the way Your Son loves me. Put someone in my path today whose soul is aching for love and compassion. Please work through me to heal the hurting, all the way down to their soul. Amen.
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