Jesus, Friend of Sinners- A Call To Action

Wrestling With God
Jun 17, 2016 · 3 min read

by Matthew Threatt

Twitter- @thethreatt

Today, I was moved to tears earlier by a Casting Crowns song called Jesus, Friend of Sinners.

Take a moment to reflect on the lyrics by Mark Hall:

Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away

We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing

Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth's become so hard to see

The world is on their way to You but they're tripping over me

Always looking around but never looking up I'm so double minded

A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers

Let our hearts be led by mercy

Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who's writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we're for only what we're against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners

Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast

For the leper and the lame; they're the reason that You came

Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast

But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

'Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners

Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers

Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours

And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast
Yeah...
You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

If you are a Christian, consider who your model for behavior is. If Christ is not the model, consider asking Him to show you His heart.

Consider this passage from Micah:

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
 what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
 be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
 take God seriously. Micah 6:8 (Message)

This song was written in 2011 but could have been written today.

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