Jesus a friend of sinners!
The Bible says, Jesus was a friend of sinners, Jesus himself said, there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends, John 15:13. His friends then were sinners. The Pharisee’s couldn’t understand why Jesus would surround himself with sinners and lowlifes but Jesus said, he came to do the will of God and he also said, he came to seek and save the lost, Luke 19:10. The best friend a sinner could ever have is someone who knows the love of God.
Modern day Pharisee’s today will try and convince you that being Holy and living for God is about separating yourself from the ungodly aka unbelievers. They peddle the idea that you will get more anointing, and a greater blessing etc. sadly they fail to understand that the anointing is for the brokenhearted and those that are bound, captive and spiritually blind. Separating yourself from “sinners” robs them of knowing and experiencing the very presence of God that they need. The church today is the body of Christ and if Jesus refused to bow to religious pressure to conform to a false image of what it means to be “Holy” so should we.
The fact is after Jesus spent time with His father in intimate prayer, communion and fasting the first thing he did was jump back into suffering and hurting humanity to unload what He had experience in intimacy with His father. Jesus is my example he taught us to love our enemies, pray and do good to those who abuse and take advantage of you, something that would be impossible if you separate yourself from unbelievers.
We are to take this “gospel” into all the world. The gospel is more than a message it is a way of life that reflects the love, power and value that God has for mankind. The Bible tells us, “He that preaches the gospel must live the gospel.” If we don’t live what we preach then our words will hold no value to the hearers.
John said, we don’t love in word only (Preaching) but in deed, or demonstration. The Holy Spirit didn’t empower us TO DO witnessing but TO BE a witness. The love of God that was shed abroad in my heart when I first believed, Romans 5:5, is the same love that motivates me today.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since by his blood he did all this for us as sinners, how much more will he do for us now that he has declared us not guilty? Romans 5:8–9
God doesn’t love you to manipulate you into getting saved; He loves because it is who He is.
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