THE FRIEND OF SINNERS.
AS A DISICPLE, DO YOU...
have room for the reckless?
Jesus was rejected for being a friend of sinners (Luke 5:27-32).
Jesus invited the hated tax collector, Matthew, to walk close at his side and then spent the evening reclined with his "thug" friends (Mark 2:15).
Jesus allowed a sketchy woman to wash His feet and validated her in the presence of "prestigious people" (Luke 7:36-50).
Jesus picked out of the crowd a criminal and invited himself over to dinner with this theif named Zacchaues (Luke 19:1-10).
Jesus has extreme joy when a sinner is found, just a someone who has lost money and finally figures out where it was misplaced (Luke 15).
Jesus, like a shepherd leaves the flock for the wandering one (Luke 15).
Jesus painted the picture of the Fathers heart through the parable of the two sons; throwing the finest coat, ring, and party for His found "lil man" (Luke 15).
Jesus stops a guilty woman from being killed and instead of speaking condemnation He speaks life to her in the midst of her sin (John 8:11).
As Jesus was being KILLED, he looked at his murders and then looked up to heaven and asked, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34)
As Jesus was hanging on the cross, He welcomed the cursed man next to Him into paradise (Luke 23:24).
Jesus chose Paul, a murder of Christians, to lead the charge as being the voice of good news (Acts 9:15).
And the list goes on...
Do you have room for the reckless?
There are times when we must set boundaries for unhealthy people that are hurting us.
When we look to Jesus we see that He always influenced the party, He didn't let the party influence Him into sin.
So as we grow in health we should have more and more of the capacity to invest in the "evil."
True godliness doesn't just separate itself from darkness but rather shines into it, changing its consistency.
THINK ABOUT IT...
What if someone wouldn't have seen and loved you "while you were still yet a sinner?"
Where would you be today?
Lets go love like Jesus.