While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:10-13
My mind has wrestled with this over the past several months and I finally figured out why. The world tells us in order to love we have to support what others think and do. With worldly love you can’t have a differing opinion – It says that “you must agree to love”. The world says love means following and doing what everyone else does, but the LOVE that we learn about as Christians is the opposite of that.
The kind of love we read about in the Bible, real love, is a love that doesn’t worry about being seen with ex-cons, drug addicts or atheists because they aren’t don’t care about the “guilty by association” rule. This is the love that Jesus taught us through word and example when He walked this earth. Loving or helping someone who is pregnant out-of-wedlock, isn’t paying child support, committed adultery, is a homosexual, a thief, a murderer, liar or an atheist doesn’t mean you condone or agree with what they have done.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Jesus hung out with the prostitutes, murders, sinners and the demon possessed. AND thank goodness, because we ALL fit into the category of sinner! Our sin may not have a big scary title like murderer, but we are all sinners. Even His own disciples. Jesus showed all people love and compassion while sharing with them the Truth. God’s truth. He never helped a prostitute find her next customer or helped the tax collector find a way to hide the money he had stolen. He just loved them where they were – never caring what others thought because He chose to be with them and love – taking time to share the love of His father.
1 – Loving someone doesn’t mean you are condoning what they have done.
2- Disagreeing with someone doesn’t mean that you can’t love them.
Thank goodness, or my marriage and friendships would be non-existent. The world has clouded the definition of love and tried to make it its own. Don’t let falsehood penetrate your heart. Guard it!He loves each of us despite our sins, but He wants us to grow and become better people as we learn about Him. That’s why is it so important for us to love others. To show them God’s unconditional love in the hopes that they will find Him through our actions.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
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