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PowerPoint - Oct. 28, 2009

Loving as Jesus loved

October 28, 2009

But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying out after us."

--Matthew 15:23

When the disciples were walking through the city with Jesus one day, a Canaanite woman came clamoring after him yelling, "Have mercy on me! Have mercy on me!"

The disciples saw this woman as an annoyance and someone to avoid, as we see in today's verse, when they basically said, "Jesus, make her go away; she's a crazy lady!"

There's a reason God allows us to see the disciples' bad attitude here. You see, this same attitude can be found in many churches today. Too often, the church doesn't want to be bothered with sinful, desperate people. The church isn't comfortable around the lost. These people have baggage. They can be rough around the edges!

Yet we should never look with condemnation at those who struggle with unhealthy behaviors or bad life decisions. Instead, as Christ-followers, we should bless and encourage those seeking hope and bring them to the feet of our Lord… the same place where we found our own salvation.

Will you be this kind of Christ-follower? Remember the grace you received, and be generous in spirit with those who desperately need his touch.


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