The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. ~ Psalm 145:18
Sometimes we forget that God still hears the sinner’s prayer. Cloaked in self-righteousness and a judgmental mind, we forget to remember Mark 2:17. Where Jesus said “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Can we remember when we fell to our knees? Do we recall when Jesus heard our desperate cry for help?
If so, we’d be wise to let the mind of Christ be in us before we attempt to judge others. Yes, it’s easy to think that our salvation makes us superior. Gives us permission to avoid people that we see struggling every day. Like those who speak ill of good. Those who are envious. Those who are control freaks. Those who are arrogant. Those who blame others for their mistakes. Those who are always negative. Those who are liars and those who gossip.
A group of people that we are often told to avoid because we can’t help them. Since their transgressions sprang from moral degeneracy. But these are the people, who need to see Jesus in us. So that they may repent and call on the name of the Lord.
Jesus came down to earth because of the sinner. He demonstrated concern for their well-being in love. He showed love in the way that He met them where they lived. He fed them, taught them, and healed them (Luke 8:40-46; Mark 6:30-32; Matthew 9:9-11; Mark 1:33-34 & Mark 6:30-42; Luke 5:1-11; John 8:1-11; John 10:10; Luke 23:33-34) without looking down on them. Or treating them as though they were less worthy of love and kindness than His disciples. Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds us… For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.