Dialogue Dissolves Divisions

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If we loved instead of judged…everything would change.

(Listen to my song “God’s Love Is All You Need” by clicking HERE)

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Luke 19:5-7

Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”

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Zacchaeus is described as a “chief tax collector” and a “wealthy man.” He was quite the sinner in the eyes of the Jews.

Why would Jesus even acknowledge his existence?

He could have simply told Zacchaeus to “get his act together” or he could have organized an effort to picket his home.

But instead…Jesus warmly reached out to this great sinner…and invited himself to go to this hated man’s house to stay with him.

What?!

Is this how we treat someone we disagree with? 

Look at the level of public discord over the recent political election! Many of today’s self-described “Christians” shun and ridicule people whom they disagree with!

What happened to “love your neighbor”? What happened to “love your enemies”?

Perhaps we should re-think how we treat those who don’t agree with us or live up to our standards.

How different life would be if we would recognize the DNA of God in everyone…and everything!

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Listen to the song of the day “God’s Love Is All You Need” by clicking HERE.

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CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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