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The Untouchables

  • When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, 'Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.' Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, 'I want to. Be made clean.' Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1 WEB

    Jesus touched the untouchables. Lepers and those with various diseases were considered 'unclean' and avoided then. If you touched them, then you became unclean yourself. Jesus loved them, He touched them, and He healed them. The leper in the verse above said 'Lord, if You want to, You can make me clean' and Jesus touched him and said 'I want to.' It is so beautiful to read about Him doing that, but what if we were given the same chance?

    We are His hands and feet on the earth and I have found that He will put the untouchables right in your path today, and they will snuggle up to you so that you can love them. We have had the Lord put people into our life as a test, and as long as we resisted, they persisted. Then as soon as we submitted and loved them back, they left.

    My wife Sylvia and I once attended a church where I was playing in the praise team, and she was seated in the sanctuary. Now Sylvia is one of the sweetest people that I ever met, but she loves her 'personal space' and though I smoked for a decade twenty years ago, it now makes me nauseous and gives me a headache when I am around it. So I try and avoid smoke as much as possible.

    Soon a lady began attending our church and started sitting right beside us. She joined the intercessory prayer team and every group that we were a part of. We began to feel that God had broken out the sandpaper. She wore furry long haired coats and smoked like a locomotive. The smoke would permeate every fiber of her clothing and hair and made them sticky with resin. She loved to sit tightly beside you, throw her arm around you, and would completely envelope you in an overwhelming mixture of smoke and intense perfume.

    She was as clingy as silk on a winter morning, and when she embraced you, feelings of nausea, light headedness, mild suffocation, and panic would wash over you, leaving you with the thought that you had licked an ash tray, and the feeling that you were covered in christmas tree sap. After the first experience, people tended to shy away from her loving embraces.

    As I watched from the stage, I could see Sylvia leaning further and further away, and the overly nice lady leaning in closer and closer until they were almost prone on the chairs. She stuck to Sylvia like a magnet, even following her to the bathroom. She considered Sylvia her new BFF, and there was no escape. Months went by.

    Eventually we just gave up, surrendered to God, and hugged her back just as enthusiastically as she hugged us. We met her at the door and gave her a bear hug time each time she came to the church. We picked her up at her house and brought her to church with us. We took her out to eat and got to know her. Overall she was a sweet person. Soon the time passed, and she was gone from our lives.

    God will put the unlovable right in front of you and then ask you to love them anyway. My heart goes out to the people that experience this, but as you walk with God, you will probably face this test. I have heard others share a similar testimony. Jesus touched the lepers, the sick, the lame, the unloved, even His enemies, and He allowed people to touch Him back (Matt. 8:3, Matt. 20:34, Luke 22:51, Mark 5:27, Luke 7:39, Luke 18:15). When God places an unlovable person in your life, be nice and love them back. It works.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for loving me and ask that You help me to love others. Put Your love in me for mine is lacking. Let me see people through Your eyes and give me the grace to love them as You do, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those interested in capturing or viewing photos of God's creation, here is this week's theme message from Creation Photographers: Romans 1:20 - "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities'his eternal power and divine nature'have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." This week's fun theme is "Nature's Divine" or "Unmistakably God's". As always, feel free to post any other photo that inspires you. We love seeing your posts! Here is the link to participate in this group: Creation Photographers group


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for this devotional this morning..... we are here to spread God’s word and his Love around...... Help us to do that better. In Jesus ‘s name I pray! ❤️
July 24, 2018
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Mary  Ann
Mary Ann I had one on my back porch,never met her, I called the police,i was so scared,left her shoes, messed up the porch,and left personal items,clothes,etc. Left the gate open my dogs ran off,all u could do was to keep calling them,we got a lock for the gate. I was scared so bad,need to go, praying for her still. thanks and God Bless all of you.
July 24, 2018
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Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore

Amen,   I felt unloved in my life and I've been unloving to others,   I pray lord father that you help me to enjoy people like you do as you show no favortism,   Amen 

July 24, 2018
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Amen.

July 24, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you! 

July 24, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

July 24, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen.....good one! Needed this. Thx Pastor! 

July 24, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

July 24, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

July 24, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

 Yes! Amen

July 24, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen. 

July 24, 2018
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Wow! Amen.

July 24, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

I appreciate this devotional.  I know where you're coming from; been there, done that.  Thank you Pastor Dion.  Although never meeting Sylvia personally, I do believe just knowing her through RHM she is the sweetest Pastors wife I know.  Amen

July 24, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

This is a good message. Help me Father to love the unloving people who come into my life. I know exactly how Sylvia felt. Amen.

July 24, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Jesus teach us to love and surround us with your love.We love and worship you. Amen 

July 24, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

I need to remember this thanks Amen 

July 24, 2018
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Oh how I can relate! A homeless woman has been following me all over town and I wish I could do more for her, but there's tyimes when I need my privacy and space, too! Thanks for the eye-opening message today, Pastor Dion!

July 24, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, You know I'm a sinner and have my faults as others do. Help me to accept those whom are sinful and do Your work. In Jesus name I pray, Amen .

July 24, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! What a lesson for all of us! May this be my heartfelt prayer as well, in Jesus name, Amen!!!

July 24, 2018
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen!

July 24, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 25, 2018
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Thank you once again Pastor Dion for the inspiring message!! 

July 25, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks for this, Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You for loving me and ask that You help me to love others. Put Your love in me for mine is lacking. Let me see people through Your eyes and give me the grace to love them as You do, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 25, 2018