Devotional for today- Dealing with Different People —  September 22, 2012

From Mathew 19

Life comes at you from many different directions. Let’s take a look at Jesus and how he dealt with different kinds of people. These are the people you will deal with this weekend!
1. Dealing with people in need. 19:2 “Large crowds followed him there, and he healed their sick.” Everywhere He went, people with needs followed Him. Interesting. He was holy, perfect, AND attracted sinners. Is it like that with us? Do people in our communities flock to our churches because they are centers of healing, or do they stay away because they are the headquartes of gossip? How did Jesus deal with them? He healed them.

2. Dealing with haters. 19:3 Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?”  Check out the Pharisees. Just like they always did, instead of focusing on the good Jesus was doing, they wanted to have a theological argument. No congratulations for a work well done. No rejoicing for the healing of many. Pharisees overlook miracles, in order to find fault. How did Jesus deal with them? Pointed them to the Bible.

3. Dealing with insensitive people. 19:13 “One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.” The disciples were well intentioned, but severely misguided. This teaches us that good intentions are not enough. You have to do things the RIGHT way, for the RIGHT reasons, at the RIGHT time. How Jesus deal with them? He corrected and explained to them the right way of doing it.

Jesus ends by encouraging us to be like children. As we connect with different people this week, keep that in mind:  19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

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