Monday, April 22
Today's reading: Luke 24:13-35
I love the example Jesus provides for us as He comes alongside Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus. Jesus's followers don't understand what took place with Jesus just a few days earlier. They're confused, sad and disheartened (just like we are many times when things don't happen as we planned, when or unexpected hardship or tragedy occurs).
So what does Jesus do? He starts by engaging the two men in conversation, asking them questions and listening to their concerns. And as He interacts with them, Jesus is kind and compassionate. Jesus took extra care with these men, explaining and talking through many things. He gave of His time, even continuing the conversation into dinner to ensure that Cleopas and his friend truly understood the things that had happened to Him and what they had just experienced.
Do you look for opportunities to encourage and help others gain an understanding of God's love and Jesus's sacrifice for them? Do you look for opportunities to come alongside people to encourage, support and help them better understand and apply God's Word? How willing are you to give of your time to help someone meet, and then grow closer to Christ? Tami
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