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Daily Devotion – November 27, 2017
11.27.17

Matthew 25:41-43

Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.”

 

Devotion by Julia Shiver

I think I must be one of those people Pastor Kim mentioned in her sermon yesterday, those that think Matthew 25 is the Bible.  Serving others is the greatest joy in my life.  So I have a hard time even imagining those who turn their back on the least, lost, suffering.  One of the commentaries I read reminded us that Christ was not talking about sins of commission; we are not starving the hungry, denying the sick healthcare.  There is a special judgement waiting for those people.  Christ here is talking about sins of omission, the people who have the resources – money, time, talent, power – to help others, but choose not to.

I’m not sure where I stand on the whole eternal damnation thing.  I’m more of a carrot kind of girl, not so much the stick.  But it would surely be hell on earth for me to see others hurting and not reach out with all the compassion and caring that Christ has graced me with.

 

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for filling me with Christ’s caring and compassion.  May I always use it for the least of Your children.  Amen.



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