Love requires reaching out to the rejected.
I have become an outcast to my kin, a stranger to my mother’s children. Because zeal for your house consumes me, I am scorned by those who scorn you.
Following Jesus is not easy.
It’ll mean detouring from the popular path.
Jesus espoused that we reach out to those who are not accepted…to offer compassion to those at the margins of society. He espoused that we be peacemakers and that we love our enemies.
Such behavior will draw some hefty criticism, rejection and persecution from the “in” crowd…the ones in power. Some of that persecution will come from the people closest to you…like your family and friends.
Jesus sided with the outcast.
He became the ultimate outcast to show us how ugly it is when we exclude and ostracize another.
Following Jesus will often make you the outcast because it will lead you to being with the marginalized and rejected.
It will radically lead you out of your comfort zone.
Paradoxically, that is where you will find transformation, wholeness, your true self and the state of being that Jesus called “the kingdom of God.”
It is your call to carry this cross.
It’s your path to new life.
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