Luke 15: 7 (NASB)
I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
The tax collectors and sinners were coming to Jesus to hear Him speak. They were drawn to Him but the religious people, Pharisees and Scribes, did not think that this was proper for Him to do. They began to judge Jesus for mingling with “sinners”, which is what He came to do. They only wanted Him to hang out with the so-called elite of their day, which would justify the pedestal that they put themselves on. They didn’t understand the purpose of Jesus’ life and missed out on real salvation.
Isn’t it funny how sometimes as Christians we can look down on people who are not like us? We have forgotten that we are to draw the ones who don’t know Christ, no matter what they look or how they live, to Him. We shouldn’t be just encouraging other Christians. If that’s all we do, then sadly we have missed the mark of our Christianity. We spend too much time judging one another’s lives and not enough time loving each other. We were all a “Black Sheep” before we accepted Christ and we must never forget that. Jesus came to save those who are sin sick.
Father, forgive me for judging people instead of loving them. It is not my place to label people according to their lifestyle. I’m suppose to let my light shine so that they may see you and be saved. Father, show me somebody today that I can share your love with, even if that means I need to go and give an apology to someone who I have mistreated. Lord, I truly want to be a reflection of you. In Jesus name, amen!
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