Christian Devotionals

Cheryl writes: "The Lord saved me when I was 30. I am now 68. I have been writing poetry since I was saved. I have been married to my husband Marcelo (also a believer) for 48 years. We live in Arizona. We have 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart, soul, and strength, and living for Him is my greatest desire.  In 2014, I wrote and had published a book called, 'Tali's Mysterious Dream', (thank you Jesus)!"

Who is My Neighbor? (Luke 10:29)
By Cheryl A. Mariano AKA Cheremiah

Janice had just finished reading Luke 10: 25-37.

She closed her bible, put it on the nightstand next to her bed, and turned out the light.  As she snuggled into the covers, she thought about the verses she had just read.

Yawning, she said out loud, “That’s a good question Lord, who is my neighbor?”  She then began to drift into a peaceful sleep.  In a dream, she saw a beautiful angel, and before she could say a word, the angel said “Fear not Janice, the Lord Jesus Christ has sent me to you.”

Janice was taken in the Spirit to the Samaritan road.  There she saw 4 people lying face down on the road that had been badly wounded and left to die.  Near to the bodies, Janice saw a large rock and on top of the rock stood 4 golden vials of oil mingled with wine.

The angel spoke again, “Janice the Lord Jesus Christ sent you here to help your neighbor.”  Janice’s heart welled up with love and compassion.

She thought to herself, “Wow, to think the Lord himself would choose me to perform such an act of love and kindness!”

Janice and the angel walked over closer to the 4 bodies, and very gently the angel turned each person face up.  Janice gasped with horror and amazement as she recognized each face.  Deep, buried, feelings and emotions began to emerge.

Janice explained to the angel that 3 of these people had done immeasurable damage to her.  Concerning the first person she said, “This one took extreme advantage of me.  My spirit was wounded and my heart severely broken.

Pointing to the second person she said, “Because of this one, I suffered great fear, depression, lack of self-worth, and rejection.  

Looking at the 3rd person made Janice tremble and sob uncontrollably.
She shook her head in utter disbelief. 

“This one, she said to the angel, not only abused me physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!” 

When she looked at the face of the 4th person on the Samaritan road, Janice remembered that this one had reached out to her during one of the darkest periods in her life.

They had given her hope and genuine love when she so desperately needed it the most. 

Janice didn’t quite know what to do!  Seeing the other 3 people on the Samaritan road had exposed raw feelings of anger, hatred, bitterness, and revenge.  Feelings she didn’t even know were there until now.

She wanted to run away, she couldn’t deal with it all…but hadn’t Jesus sent the angel to her?  Then surely, this could only be for her good.

Janice suddenly remembered the dictionary definition of what a neighbor is.
1.    One who lives near you
2.    A friend, relative, countryman, or foe
3.    Any person with whom we have dealings

The angel looked at Janice and said, “Janice, who is your neighbor, and what will you do?”

With tear filled eyes, trembling hands, and shaky legs, Janice said to the angel, “This is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do.”

With weak knees, she wobbled over to the rock where the 4 vials of oil and wine were.  The angel asked, “How many bottles of oil and wine do you want to pour upon those who are wounded?”

With head bowed and heart extremely heavy, Janice’s flesh wrestled with her spirit.  She kept looking back and forth at the figures on the road, and the golden vials…then finally, she stammered out her answer…”Four, she said, I’ll take four!”

With that answer, a peace and joy that Janice had never known before began to literally pour all over her.  She dried her tears as she went to gather the vials from the rock.  To her surprise, she saw Jesus standing there and her heart leaped! 

“So you didn’t leave me here to do this all by myself” she said.

“I was here all the time, Jesus said to her, you just couldn’t see me clearly because hatred and unforgiveness distorted your vision."

Then, with a smile on His face that melted Janice’s heart, the Living Oil and Wine, took Janice’s hand and together, they walked over to those in need.

There is a wonderful release of healing, joy, love, and cleansing, that springs forth from the well of forgiveness.

Apologies are nice to get from the ones who have wronged us, don’t get me wrong . . . but what if you never get one?

Jesus was so hurt over the devastation of sin and all it destroys.  He hates it!
Please remember, if the person or persons who hurt you never repented and said “I’m sorry to you” please know, “His” death on the cross said sorry, more than any other apology possibly could.

(© 2018 Cheryl A. Mariano AKA Cheremiah – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)

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