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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Three Old Testament people entertained angels without realizing it: (1) Abraham, (2) Gideon, and (3) Manoah. Some people say they cannot be hospitable because their homes are not large enough or nice enough. But even if you have no more than a table and two chairs in a rented room, there are people who would be grateful to spend time in your home. Are there visitors to your church with whom you could share a meal? Do you know single people who would enjoy an evening of conversation? Is there any way your home could meet the needs of traveling missionaries? Hospitality simply means making other people feel comfortable and at home.
We, like Abraham, Gideon, and Manoah, might entertain angels. This thought should be on our minds the next time we have the opportunity to meet a stranger’s needs. (NLT)
Hebrews 13:1-3 – Continue to love each other with true Christian love. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Don’t forget about thos in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. . . . Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. – Matthew 7:18, 20 (NIV)
Chad McComas (Oregon) titled his story “ANGELS IN DISGUISE;” here is a portion of Chad’s story:
“Frank lives in a tent by the airport. He is 67, homeless, and mostly keeps to himself. People avoid Frank because of his situation and rough image. Those who do, misjudge him; I know I did. As I’ve gotten to know Frank, I’ve learned that he has a kind and generous heart. He cares for a homeless woman and her cat who live nearby. He feeds the birds and squirrels who live around him. Frank just might be an angel in disguise.
“It’s easy to leap to conclusions and to misjudge others. We tend to notice the outward things: their clothes, where they live, how they talk. But Jesus told us we can recognize the character of people by their “fruit.”
“. . . The apostle Paul lists that fruit: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control’ (Gal. 5:22-23, CEB).
“When we take the time to get to know the people around us, we allow ourselves to see the real fruit they possess. We may discover angels in disguise all around us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Which of the Spirit’s fruit do I need to cultivate?
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the people around us who bless us and make life worth living. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS
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