“Jesus, Friend of Sinners”

This has been on my heart a lot lately. We are all human. We all make mistakes. We fail. We stumble, and we fall. All too often, we get caught up thinking about our past and think, “How could God ever forgive me after that? Has He really forgotten that I did that?” We let the enemy get in our heads and tell us that we’re worthless. All the shame comes rushing back, and we try to hide. Don’t let the enemy’s lies cloud the truth of His grace and mercy. Remember: you are who God says that you are. You are forgiven, you are loved, and you are His.

“You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet”

Sometimes, though, we cling so desperately to our own salvation that we lose sight of the grace and mercy we’re supposed to be showing others. Remember not to judge others who are stumbling. You were there once too, and you may be there again.  “We are all the least of these.” He saved us once, and He will intervene in our lives for our good a million times again. That’s the thing about being human. We’re terribly flawed.

We have been called by His grace and mercy to love others like He loves us. How can we, as Christians, claim to know Jesus and put down those that are struggling? The finger is not ours to point, and when we start pointing fingers, we get in the way of the spiritual journey of those who sees and may feel our judgment.  Don’t let your actions become an obstacle to someone else’s faith. Love them. Reach out to them.
The chorus holds a powerful and humbling prayer:

“Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.”

Pray that today and every day. Adopt His heart, so you can show His love.

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