Jesus is a friend to sinners.
A Pharisee looks upon others and says how can they be like that; I’m not like that.
They feel that they are so clean that they don’t want to associate with those that could make them “dirty”.
Jesus loved everyone no matter what they were involved with. Yes, if you loved the lost, really loved them, you would be willing to trade your own life that they would be saved. You would be willing to die for them or even go to hell for them to keep them free from eternal damnation. Ouch!
How can you save the lost if you aren’t willing to get dirty reaching out to them?
What is motivating your life? Is it faith and love or is it a religious spirit that is steeped in fear and hate?
Those who are religious cannot see what they are doing. They can’t see the speck in another man’s eye because of the mote in their own. They think they are loving Jesus and His righteousness when His highest commandment is to love Him with all your heart and to love your neighbor as you would love yourself and that is not whether they are saved or not.
Loving Jesus and His righteousness is not being separate from the sinner. Jesus loved us first when we were that lost sinner. We all our sinners even though we have a savior but we aren’t to make sin our lifestyle. We are to repent.
Yes, Jesus is calling the church to repentance. He is calling us to examine our hearts to see if we are truly being pleasing to Him. He said to repent of our wicked ways, to ask for forgiveness for our sins, and then He would hear our prayers, forgive us, and heal our land.
Could this speak to anyone else?