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Tuesday July 10th, 2018
 
In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
 
Luke 5:12-13, NLT
 
The man stood before us, a prime example of how the effects of time and drug abuse can physically alter someone. He proceeded to tell his story of affliction, despair, and hopelessness on the streets. That all changed, however, when he entered the front doors of a small center where other recovering addicts ate, looked for jobs, and spent time reading the Bible. After he finished sharing, I went up, shook his hand, and thanked him for the talk.

As my group walked to our van, I asked our guide if he knew any more about the gentleman who gave the talk. At the end of his response, he mentioned that the man was about to die from AIDS. I stopped in my tracks, stunned: I had shaken hands with someone who had a deadly disease! In those moments, God not only taught me that it’s okay to befriend those the world discards but that they matter immensely to him.

In a village in Israel, there was a man who was suffering from an advanced case of leprosy. His condition caused him to be treated as an outcast, causing people to flee at his sight. When Jesus arrived in the village, the leper thought that maybe he could do something about his condition. So he approached the Savior, bowed to the ground, and asked to be made clean—if Jesus was willing to do so. Not only did Jesus heal him, the Lord physically touched him as well. The human contact must have had as big an impact on the man’s psyche as the healing that restored his body.

God still cares about people, from the most influential philanthropist to the family living under a freeway overpass. True leaders see these people as who they are—individuals desperately in need of Jesus—and then “touch” them with his love. The results can be truly miraculous.
 
 
 
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