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Monday, November 9, 2009

Meditation from Joanne Lowe

“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20: 28 (King James Version)

One of the definitions I found in Webster’s Dictionary for minister is “to give aid or service ”. Isn’t this what our precious Saviour does for us? Whether we are sick physically, emotionally or spiritually, He ministers to us.

When our hearts are breaking, Jesus is with us to comfort and encourage us. He lovingly kisses the tears from our eyes and from our hearts. When we are in the valley of discouragement, He picks us up and carries us.

Yes, Jesus is faithful to minister to us. Are we being faithful to minister to Him? Can He depend on us to serve Him even in the midst of trials and heartaches? He showed us how to love others unconditionally while He was hanging on the old rugged cross.

He had been beaten beyond recognition, spat upon, cursed and mocked. Yet our Saviour’s heart was filled with compassion and unconditional love for us. “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Luke 23: 34).

Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus, our ministering Saviour. Plant a desire deep within us to serve Jesus with all of our hearts. Jesus, thank You for loving us so much that You forgave us from the cross. Amen.

Joanne Lowe

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