September 16

September 16

Jesus’ Ministry to Sinners — Jesus eats with sinners & forgives them.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: Luke 5:29-32

Reading 2: Luke 7:36-50

Reading 3: Luke 18:9-14

Beware the myopia of religion! Religion says “try harder to reach God by your efforts.” But today’s readings show us that Jesus is drawn to sinners, and called to sinners, and is the answer for sinners.

So if you are aware of your sin today, you are better off than someone who believes they are a good person, and who tries to be better in order for God to accept them.

Jesus came to save the sick, not the presumed healthy. The fastest disqualification for grace is self-righteousness.

And the degree to which we receive forgiveness affects the extent to which we show love to Jesus (and to others).

In this world, humility and a repentant heart are seen as signs of weakness, but they are the only doorway to forgiveness and relationship with God.

Who will you encourage with these truths today?

Have a great day!

Mark.

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