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Damaged Goods

  • Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, 'This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, that she is a sinner.' Jesus answered him, 'Simon, I have something to tell you.' He said, 'Teacher, say on.' 'A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they couldn't pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?' Simon answered, 'He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most.' He said to him, 'You have judged correctly.' Luke 7:39 WEB

    The woman wept at the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair, while the religious man looked on in pure disdain. He was shocked that Jesus would allow such a person to touch even His feet. "Touch me not" was a big thing to religious people at the time. Those that were sinners, unclean or diseased were put out of the social circle. Yet Jesus touched them, and allowed them to touch Him.

    While the Pharisee pondered these things silently in his mind, Jesus told him the parable about two people that owed a certain money lender, one five hundred and the other fifty. Neither could pay it, so he forgave them both their debt. Then Jesus asked, which of them would love him more? The one who had the greater debt forgiven was the answer.

    Then Jesus went on to tell the religious man that this lost person that had strayed from the path of virtue, loved God more than he ever did. Wow! That is a stark comparison of the warm heart of God towards the lost sinner, and the coldness of a religious actor towards the same person.

    We often go by His name, but we do not carry His loving nature. God loves sinners and welcomes them with open arms. Do not let organized religion turn you away from getting to know Him yourself. Also, do not let the things that you have been through make you feel unworthy of His love.

    God can handle damaged goods. He was there when the damage took place, and you will never know how much He loves you until you surrender your heart to Him and let Him heal it. He can put your life back together again, where the others have only broken it.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please bring healing to my life. Heal my emotions, balance my mood swings, make me stable in You. Repair the damage Lord, I look to You for help. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

September 21, 2016
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Amen! My testimony! And the song "Alabaster Box" (which describes this very thing) is my personal anthem. Praise God for loving me in spite of...  Praise God for rescuing me and continually healing me - the black sheep, the family's damaged goods. Hallelujah!!!!!!!!

September 21, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

I love the pure heart of giving and brokenness to life in Christ in that song! Hallelujah, indeed! Praise God!

September 21, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

 

September 21, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

September 21, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Some of us are way more bruised and broken than others. We may have some terrible memories of our past. We may have been backslidden for many years. We may have fallen very far and failed very much. Yet He never left us, He never forsook us. He just waited patiently for us to come back weeping at His feet. He accepted us and welcomed us back into His flock. Now we must stop looking behind us and remembering our past, or we will never move forward. It is finished. He paid it all. We are forgiven much so we should love Him much. There is nothing about us that caught Him by surprise. He knowing all things, knew that we would stray and He knew that we would return. He has plans for our lives and He will use the weaknesses in ours to serve His purpose. We can bear witness that He will never let anything snatch us out of His hand. We can give hope to the backslidder as we give them comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:4

4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

September 21, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

Thank you for sharing your heart. I need to let go of the past myself. I need to have the comfort of the Lord and to give it! God bless you!

September 21, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

God bless you Karen!

September 21, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Thank you for you always give us a good reflection.  For the comfort we receive from our LORD GOD we comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from GOD. Love this.

September 21, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

God bless you my brother!

September 21, 2016
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Emily Christine
Emily Christine

Thank you for this reminder sister, blessings to you

November 11, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

We are so blessed that Our Father in Heaven always forgives us and loves us so deeply and with such great compassion.  I Love You Father and pray that I am worthy to kneel before you and Jesus on that last day!!  Amen!!

September 21, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

Yes, Lord,amen!

September 21, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

September 21, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr

Amen.

September 21, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

Thank you, Pastor Dion. Well said. I've been broken and healed much yet still need to balance and rely on the Lord for strength and further healing. I pray also for a heart of compassion toward those who are broken themselves and that Jesus would fill me with love and take away my fears! God bless you, Pastor Dion!

September 21, 2016
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Bravermanedited: September 21, 2016


God can handle damaged goods. He was there when the damage took place, and you will never know how much He loves you until you surrender your heart to Him and let Him heal it. He can put your life back together again, where the others have only broken it.

So much to think on and pray about.

September 21, 2016
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Mary Luter
Mary Luter

Amen! Thank you Pastor.

September 21, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen 

September 21, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for this great message today!

September 21, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasioedited: September 21, 2016

Heal those broken parts in my heart Lord that only you can heal. You alone Lord will always be there to pick up the pieces when we surrender them to you.You know all the brokenness within me and have healed much, and as you renew our minds daily renew our hearts daily as well with your healing power.  You're so gracious and so loving Lord make us stable in you always. Amen♡

September 21, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

September 21, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

Amen! So love the renewing of the mind!!! I long to feel the love and graciousness of the Lord to grow and magnify Him with the life I live!

September 21, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

This fits me so much.... thank you for this! 

September 21, 2016
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Kim Smith
Kim Smith

Thank you, Lord, for loving me and healing my heart.  

September 21, 2016
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen

September 21, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)  Father please bring healing to my and all that's in this prayer above. I claim this prayer over me. 

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please bring healing to my life. Heal my emotions, balance my mood swings, make me stable in You. Repair the damage Lord, I look to You for help. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

September 21, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for your kind words pastor!

 

 

September 21, 2016
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen! I know that God meant this just for me

September 22, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, please bring healing to my life.  Heal my emotions, balance my heart swings, make me stable in You.  Repair the damage Lord, I look to You for help.  In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

September 22, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen. Heavenly Father.please help with my times of just wanting to remain silent,for a peaceful life.Give the right words to speak,in situations I do not always know how to handle.Let your will be done.In The name of Jesus Christ I Pray. Thank you Pastor for sharing this Devotion.

September 22, 2016
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Jackie Henson
Jackie Henson

Heavenly Father,   I pray that  you forgive me of all my sins ans.d sin to come in the future.  I pray for Cast that she get her life turned back around for the greater good of all her family and that that she doesn't have anymore.. 

Lord in my own prayer prayer. Thank you for puting  it on facebook that I need alot of prayer right now and I do along with our entiiree family,  I'm not eve"ln sure I'm posting this in the LT place, so point me in Zthe tmrulight direction of this is wrong 

September 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

September 23, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

My heart goes to those religious ones not knowing this is God's son.  I hope they did before the died.  As for organized religion ...it's a lot to do in their hearts....Bless them Lord!

September 23, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Anen

September 26, 2016