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.
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
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