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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, January 11, 2020
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Today’s scripture reading:
[Kind of extraordinary love that He has for you.]
We may be able to understand a God who would forgive sinners who come to him for mercy. But a God who tenderly searches for sinners and then joyfully forgives them must possess an extraordinary love! This is the kind of love that prompted Jesus to come to earth to search for lost people and save them. This is the kind of extraordinary love that God has for you. (NLT)
Luke 15:1-10 – Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!
So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
Quoted verse: Jesus said, “I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” — Luke 15:10 (NIV)
“Story” – Ron Wasson (Texas, USA) titled his story “FOUND!” Here is a portion of Ron’s story:
“. . . In grass, rocks, dirt, mud, cement patio – whatever the setting – I found a toy that would keep me happily playing for countless hours. . . . Now and then, toys would be lost – sometimes for good.
“One time a toy was washed away in the rainy season only to appear in a different area. When I later found the toy, I was delighted. . . .
“Today’s passage speaks of other treasured things being lost and then found . . . All of these situations help us to understand the delight God feels when a lost sinner is found.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can rejoice with God and the angels in heaven when a lost one is found.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that we were all once lost. Thank you for loving us enough to send your Son to save us. In his name we pray. Amen.
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