The Christian Public Servant – “the nasty side of people”

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April 13, 2018 – Friday

Reading

Luke 7:44-47 [NIV] Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Reflection

If your work deals with people, you see the best and the worst. While you are blessed by the good things, it is the nasty side of people that turns you away.

This is true where I work and live – here on Life Row. Some brothers have body odor. Some have horribly bad breath. Some choose not to change clothes often. Still others have a nastiness of the mind and soul – the same nastiness that brought them to death row.

Scripture tells of a woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. She wiped His feet with her hair. She then kissed and anointed His feet. Back then, the feet were the nastiest part of the body. People walked in sandals or barefoot. All kinds of stuff were caught between their toes and on the bottoms of their feet. When you came into someone’s house, it was customary for your feet to be washed – just as today, we would wash our hands before eating. But nobody brought Jesus a bowl to wash His own feet, let alone to wash His feet for Him.

When this sinful street woman interrupted a fancy dinner to wash Jesus’ feet, He reminded those who were upset that her sins were forgiven because of her great love. He then warned the rest: if you forgive little, you will love little; and your sins will only be forgiven little and the love shown to you will be little.

Today at work, you will see the nasty side of people. Perhaps it may be when someone approaches your desk. Maybe it will be at a restaurant when someone says something unkind. Blessings are a gift and require a “thank you.” Nastiness is also a gift that permits you to say, “I forgive you.” Without forgiveness, there cannot be love. Without love, no sins are washed away.

Today, do not turn from the nasty side of people. Accept it as a gift – an opportunity to forgive, love, and be blessed. An opportunity to have your sins washed away.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for Your forgiveness of my nastiness. Your forgiveness has opened my heart to love more. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
death row
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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