Friday, May 17, 2013

Jesus Came For Sinners

Mark 2:17 -- "When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

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Jesus spent time with those whom wanted and needed to hear His word. Among those were all types of sinners -- the good, the bad, the poor, the rich -- it didn't matter to Jesus what their history was, He still loved them and wanted to share His message with them.

Jesus was ridiculed by the Pharisees, the self-righteous Jewish leaders, and was even questioned by His own apostles. However, He still continued on His mission and did what was right.

Have you neglected to speak to someone because of their reputation, how they dress or speak, or just because they were not like you? I can be uncomfortable to befriend someone who doesn't seem to be an ideal companion. However, that person in a child of God, just as you are. That person has hopes, dreams, struggles and fears just like you. Other around you may question why you take the time and make the effort, but is is what Jesus calls us to do, it is what He did. That person may need most to hear and see the message of Christ's love in and from you. And you never know, you may learn something valuable from them too.

Dear Lord,
Help me to put away my prejudices and see people as you see them, Your children. Help me to show them Christ's love.

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