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  • Cut People Some Slack

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    Everybody has bad days. Kay knows that I have two touchy times every week. I’m touchy on Saturday afternoon because I’m focused on the message I am about to preach. And the other time I’m touchy is Monday morning, because I’m drained from preaching all weekend and talking to people between services. So Kay makes allowances for that. She cuts me some slack.

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  • When You See a Need, Act Now

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    The last few days we’ve been looking at what the Parable of the Good Samaritan can teach us about demonstrating mercy to those who are hurting. We’ve seen that we must see the needs around us and sympathize with people’s pain.

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  • Open Your Ears and Sympathize

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    Jesus gives us a great model for demonstrating mercy in the story of the Good Samaritan. We can draw out at least four steps toward showing mercy from the Good Samaritan’s actions. In yesterday’s devotional we learned that we must see other people’s needs.

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  • Three Responses to People in Need

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    Probably the most famous story in the Bible about unexpected kindness is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus told this story to show us what it looks like to love people who are hurting. It’s easy to feel a little guilty when we read this story. At one time or another, we have all passed by somebody in need. The needs of people around us, even in our church or small group, can be so overwhelming that it’s paralyzing. And we ask the question, “What am I supposed to do?”

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  • God, Why Is This Happening to Me?

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    In his pain and despair, Job asked a lot of legitimate questions: “Why let people go on living in misery? Why give light to those in grief” (Job 3:20 GNT).

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  • Where Do You Turn for Help?

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    When we go through major disappointments in life, our natural reaction is to pull back and isolate ourselves. We want to handle it ourselves. We want to keep our losses and failures and mistakes and crises a secret. We want to withdraw. This is a terrible idea!

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  • Don’t Stuff Your Pain, Tell God About It

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    Think you’ve had a bad day? The biblical character of Job had a Ph.D. in pain and loss. In the very first chapter of Job, after everything fell apart in his life, “Job stood up, tore his robe in grief, and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped” (Job 1:20 GW).

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  • God’s Love Is Deep Enough

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    There are times when we all think, “I’m going under for the last time! I’m about to sink!” But no matter how deep you are, God’s love is deeper than your problem.

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  • Why Should I Trust God with My Pain?

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    When you’ve got something that is very precious to you, whether it’s rare, expensive, or an heirloom, and you don’t want it to be stolen, broken, or burned up, you take it to the bank and entrust it to the protection of a safety deposit box.

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  • Change Requires You to Make a Choice

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    Change requires making choices. It’s not enough to dream of changing. It’s not enough to desire change. In order for you to change, you will need to make a decision. You must choose to change.

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