Galatians 1:4Jesus gave his life for our sins. He set us free from this evil world. That was what our God and Father wanted.
Growing up I had some hard mates, so did my younger brother. I remember one of my brothers’ mates who had a tattoo of Jesus on the cross upside down and a slogan that said “Jesus died for His own sake, not mine.” At the time I thought it was one of the best tattoos I had ever seen in my life. Thinking about it now makes me cringe.
We live in an evil world. Where a lot of the people have the same attitude as my brothers’ mate. That was my attitude when I came into recovery.
It’s not my attitude now. I have spent many years of my life living in relationship with the Holy Spirit, reading God’s Word and meditating on it and changing my character to mirror His. Recovery is a long process of spiritual growth
Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?”Luke 19:7
“I love and care for everyone because I know the pain of being unloved and uncared.” ― Luffina Lourduraj
Some people in our estimation are incapable of knowing who Jesus Christ really is. Our own prejudices stop us from accepting them into our closed group.
There can be times because of our closed associations we can be held a captive. Unable to change our attitude, behaviors and opinions because of our own tunnel vision.
Jesus came to save sinners! To love the unloved, accept the unacceptable and invite them into relationship with Him. In our pursuit of continue sobriety on the road to recovery it is imperative we learn to accept others (with their differences) are entitled to all the opportunities we are.
Certain groups of people in our lives may be considered “untouchable” because of their political views, their immoral behavior, or their lifestyle. We should not give in to social pressure to avoid these people. Jesus loves them, and they need to hear his Good News.
What The Bible Says
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care– then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Philippians 2:1-2
Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Philippians 2:4
Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived. 1 John 2:6