Mark 2:16-17

But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor - sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

Insight - Jesus was a friend of sinners. We need to build relationships and connections with people that are far from God. This often shows itself in their actions, beliefs, and overall lifestyle that we don’t agree with. In our culture today there is a rampant expectation from across religious affiliations and political leanings that we can’t be friends with people who have differing views and lifestyles than us. If we are truly following Christ’s example, not only will we engage with conversations with people that think or live differently than us but we will be friends with them. We will be a representative of Jesus in their life!

Prayer- Jesus, thank you for the example that you gave us of loving the people around us right where they are at. That we can be kind and loving towards people that are seemingly far from you. Help me to show the love of Christ to those around me, even those who may say things, or behave in ways I do not agree with. I love you Jesus. Amen.