This is what God gave me today in His word:
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ (Luke 15:1-6)
There are people who believe in extreme separation from the World. They get this belief in passages such as John 17 (specifically verses 11 and 16), and while it’s a very valid belief, some people take it simply too far. Jesus took it “too far”, in the opinions of the Pharisee’s, in the exact opposite direction. Jesus loves the cheating tax collectors and sinners, He doesn’t participate with what they did, but He loved them. He always told them the way to be right with God (which was through Himself), but never once did He scorn them.
In fact, Jesus actually died for these people.-For you, and for me. He went above and beyond, times a thousand. We aren’t to separate ourselves from, but instead we are to love, and show the right way, those who aren’t yet followers of Christ. Jesus died for these very people, how can we now pull away from them? If it hadn’t been for Jesus love for us, while we were still sinners, no one would be a Christian. Is it should be our challenge then to show to others, the love which He showed to us.
You are Loved!