Before the day rushes in

Before the war begins

Before I rise 

I know who wins.

Before the lies take hold again 

Before my path begins to wend

I’ll take God’s hand 

For He’s my friend. 

Tina W. 

June 4, 2020

Jesus: Friend of Sinners

Jesus is a friend of sinners in the sense that those who come to Him with a repentant heart, desiring forgiveness and to know and follow Him, are recieved with open arms.

Jesus offers his hand, but not all will take it. He invites us to know Him and to receive God’s mercy and grace, but only a few accept the invitation. Those who do accept are no longer against God. Instead, they become a closely aquinted friend of God.

Jesus was accused of being a friend of sinners by those who opposed Him. It was meant as an insult. He never supported sin. In fact, He taught His followers to be obedient to the will of God, not only through His words, but also in His actions. Nevertheless, He never turned away those who sought Him who were considered “unclean” or impure. It’s His job to hold out His hand, have mercy, and show us the way. For Jesus didn’t come to call the righteous to repentance (as all have sinned and fall short of God’s glorious standard.) Instead, He came to call sinners to repentance.

As Jesus now sits upon His throne in heaven, those of us who follow Him must be His hands and feet. May we follow His example, not shunning those in need of a friend also.

Friends of God Himself

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

John 15:15

“It is the privilege of friendship to be made acquainted with the plans wishes, and wants of the friend. This instance of friendship Jesus had given them by making them acquainted with the reasons why he was about to leave them, and with his secret wishes in regard to them. As he had given their this proof of friendship, it was proper that he should not withhold from them the title of friends.”

Barnes Notes on the Bible

(Photo credit goes to user jplenio.)

20 thoughts on “Before

  1. What a wonder it is to know He is our friend, truer than any we will ever know! Thank you for a wonderful reminder, Tina! ❤


  2. I love this. The poem really struck me because I believe a big key to starting our day right is to make a choice to take God’s hand before we even put our feet on the floor. But it can be all too easy to forget. What an honor and a comfort to be able to call Jesus our friend. And I agree that we should follow His example and embrace others in need of a friend and the love of the Lord. Blessings! ❤️


  3. Amen! Yes, Jesus is our friend. He stands at the door knocking; all we need to do is open the door. He is waiting with open arms. Tina, thanks for the heartwarming post! 🌷💗🌼🌺


    1. Thanks so much, Gavin. I’m sorry you were in need of some encouragement, but glad you found it encouraging. Keep hanging in there. You’re awesome. Stellar even. Take care of yourself.

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