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The Good Shepherd

  • Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35'36 WEB.

    When Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, for they were like lost sheep. The words "harassed and scattered" here literally mean "torn and thrown down." Jesus saw the people as unprotected sheep wandering about lost, and they were easy prey for predators.

    Jesus would then stop, teach them the word of God, and heal them. He cared about ordinary people and was not a respecter of persons. Several times in scripture, Jesus taught that He was The Good Shepherd who had come to seek and save the lost sheep (John 10:11, Luke 15:6, Luke 19:10).

    Cold-hearted religious people can make you feel unwelcome, even in what they call "The house of God." They even threw Jesus out of their temple after He preached the truth to them: "So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple" (John 8:59).

    They didn't like it when Jesus had lunch with sinners, either. Still, He did it anyway: "The scribes and the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, Why is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?" (Mark 2:16). The cold-hearted religious people stood outside and watched Jesus dine with the sinners, instead of dining with them.

    The religious elite then called Jesus "A drunkard and a glutton, a friend of tax collectors and sinners" (Mark 2:16). I thank God that Jesus is still a friend to sinners like me.

    Don't ever let cold, negative people influence your view of Jesus, for He is not like them. You are welcome in His flock. Jesus came to seek and save the lost like us, and He is always glad to see us. We need to ask ourselves, "Which group are we in today? The cold and exclusive, or the warm and welcoming." The Bible is clear about which side Jesus was on.

    Jesus is still the good Shepherd. If you are wandering through life today and feel lost, take a moment and pray. No matter what you have done in the past, Jesus will welcome you into His flock with open arms. He is a friend that is closer than a brother. Jesus loves you, but sometimes His followers struggle to represent that love correctly. Let us do better.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to redeem me. I accept Your wonderful gift of eternal life and pray that You lead me from this day forward. Please speak to me in a way that I understand and let me see the world through Your eyes. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to redeem me. I accept Your wonderful gift of eternal life and pray that You lead me from this day forward. Please speak to me in a way that I understand and let me see the world through Your eyes. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
August 17, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

August 17, 2022
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen 

August 17, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen Lord Jesus.

August 17, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

August 17, 2022
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

August 17, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: August 17, 2022

Amen. Heavenly Father, Thank You for all I've been Blessed with.  You are my everything!! Amen

August 17, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

August 17, 2022
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Greg Hall
Greg Hall


Amen, Thank You Heavenly Father for sending our Lord and Savior to redeem us. 

August 17, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

August 17, 2022
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Let me see all people as You do. Take Forgive me and take away any prejudice I have towards people. Forgive my judging them instead of judging the sin. Take away any contempt or hatred I have in me even though justified in the natural. Help me walk in love towards people when they sin. Thank you for forgiving my sins. In Jesus Christ Name.

August 17, 2022
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen 

August 17, 2022
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

What a remarkable model of iiving Jesus gives us! Lord, let me see the world through Your eyes. Prompt my actions. Thank you. Amen

August 17, 2022
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

August 17, 2022
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

August 17, 2022
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you for saving me Jesus and the gift of eternal life.  Amen and Amen 

August 17, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Alleluia!! Amen!!

August 17, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! The Lord and my God is my Shepherd, my Heavenly Father, my Savior and my All in All!!! Thank you Lord!!! 

August 17, 2022
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen 

August 17, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

August 17, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

August 18, 2022
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I pray, Amen. 

August 19, 2022