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Following Jesus in the Real World: When Jesus becomes an expletive

"Following Jesus in the Real World: When Jesus becomes an expletive" Continued...

Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. "What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and 'sinners'?" Jesus heard about it and spoke up, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I'm here inviting outsiders, not insiders---an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out." They asked him, "John's disciples are well-known for keeping fasts and saying prayers. Also the Pharisees. But you seem to spend most of your time at parties. Why?" Jesus said, "When you're celebrating a wedding, you don't skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but this isn't the time. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. (Luke 5:29-34, The Message)

I am not trying to be flippant (this time), but clearly Jesus knew how to party in the good sense of the word. He knew how to interact warmly with others and connect with those around Him. And He knew where to find those who needed the touch of forgiveness the most.

For my fellow followers of Jesus I suggest the following. Set a higher standard but don't be self-righteous about it. Never be surprised when sinners (even those sinners who know Jesus) sin. Gently let others know that using God's name as an expletive hurts your heart. And pray for the heart of those who offend you with bad language. That is the source of the problem, not the words themselves. Concentrate instead on the "g" word:

Grace.

And love them like Jesus.

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