Devotional from Mike Smith

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Jesus showed people love one at a time. He didn’t just love the crowds, he loved each individual person. He took the time to get to know people, to listen to their stories, and to minister to their needs.
One example of this is when Jesus met the woman at the well. She was a Samaritan, and the Jews and Samaritans didn’t usually associate with each other. But Jesus didn’t care about her nationality or her past. He saw her as a person who needed his love and compassion. He talked to her about her life, and he offered her living water.
Jesus’ love was like a river. It flowed out to everyone he met, regardless of their background or circumstances. He showed us that love is not something we just feel, it’s something we do. It’s about taking the time to get to know people and to meet their needs.
Let’s imagine a river of love. It flows out from God, and it reaches all of us. We can choose to step into the river and allow ourselves to be filled with love. Or, we can choose to stay on the shore and watch the river flow by.
If we choose to step into the river, we will be changed. We will become more loving people. We will be more compassionate and understanding. We will be more willing to help others.
The river of love is always flowing. It’s up to us to decide whether we will step into it or not.