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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, June 26, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus frees people from all these burdens. The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labor. A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose. (NLT)
Matthew 11:28-30 – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” –Matthew 11:30 (NIV)
Michelle Nash (Mississipi) titled her story “BURDEN;” here is Michelle’s story:
“From the age of five I have carried the secret shame of abuse. I have been lonely and often have felt like damaged goods. At times this burden has seemed greater than I could bear. I have even had thoughts of suicide.
“Though I had heard Matthew 11:28-30 many times, I never understood how Jesus’ yoke could be easy and his burden light. But after many sessions in therapy, God showed me that I did not have to bear the shame and guilt of abuse because I was never at fault – and that my resting place is in Jesus and his love. God had not left me but had carried me for more than 30 years.
“Forgiveness has been a large part of my journey. It was never about saying what happened was okay. It was about letting go of anger and bitterness as I let the love of Jesus into my heart. Now for me, the yhoke and burden of Jesus is his love and sharing his hope with others. No matter our circumstances, Jesus takes our heavy burdens and offers us the yoke of his love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My past does not define who I am in Jesus.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us learn not to allow our past to define who we are. Thank you, Jesus, for carrying our burden. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE SUFFERING ABUSE
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