The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
Jesus was always hanging out with the “wrong” crowd. He was often sharing meals with so-called “sinners.” He seemed to only have harsh words for one group…the Pharisees…the religious leaders who were trying to enforce the letter of the law. The Pharisees, of course, were sinners as well. No one is perfect. Everyone misses the mark on occasion and sometimes on many occasions. Jesus knows that. God made us imperfect so that we could experience what unconditional love is. Jesus shows us that God wants nothing more than to be with us in our struggles and short-comings. For when we experience God’s unmerited love, forgiveness, compassion and mercy…we can’t help but be transformed so that we, in turn, may pass that same mercy on to others.
Suggested song of the day– “Changed” on the Give Praise and Thanks album.
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Have a blessed day!