FIND YOUR CALL - Ya can't get grace without that faith
TEACHINGS OF LOVE - LAW AND THE PROPHETS
I always liked that Matthew - a tax collector (classified in the "sinners" bracket of that day) - was a person familiar with hanging around a more rough crowd. (Luke 5:29-30 ESV). Even better was that Jesus - the man that understood all personalities at the deepest spiritual level to ever live on the earth - had no problem reclining at the table with Matthew and the other "tax collectors and sinners" well knowing he'd be called out by the Pharisees of that day for doing so.
Later on in the passage after Jesus had called Matthew to be a disciple, Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees and said "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" (Matt 9:13 - Mark 2:17 ESV). Jesus cared about people of all walks, and could relate to them.
After reading that Jesus wasn't afraid to reside with sinners and call them for greater things to come, I was like yea that makes sense. Jesus must have chosen to call other "sinners" or others perceived as "uneducated, common men" like Peter and John (Acts 4:13 ESV) because these kind of people have more life experience being around a larger variety of people in more diverse settings. Also to prove God is the one who calls the shots so that know high standing citizens think they are the cat's meow. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 ESV)
Maybe that one lost sheep produces more than the 99 others that just sit in their flock producing unfruitfulness? Why else would heaven rejoice so much more at that one who returns with so much more relatable life experience now that he/she see's the light?
Matthew 18:12-14 - What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
I mean if the majority of people weren't following the religious mumbo jumbo of their time (Gentiles) - then I bet those imperfect disciples Jesus chose could probably connect with and reach the wider masses. They may not have always been the best at playing things by the book in life, and they likely messed up doing some shady things along the way - but at least they had a greater collection of experience through the trials of their life they learned from to help others now that they follow the code.
The more you get burnt, the more you learn how to bandage, heal and come back stronger & wiser - thus making you a more relatable witness to help the next person in need going through the trials you already conquered.
Though watch out, there will always be those who "boast in your flesh" (Galatians 6:12-13 ESV), which are people who will hold your addictions of the flesh over you to make them feel more confident about their un-tested faith. (This is harsh I know, most Christians don't do this anymore)
TEACHINGS OF LOVE
BIBLE TEACHINGS OF LOVE TO COME - THE MOST IMPORTANT, BUT FIRST GROW FAITH AND LOWER THE JUDGMENT AND LEARN TO FORGIVE - EVERYTHING IS FULFILLED IN LOVING SO YOU ALREADY ARE AT THE START.
GREATEST COMMANDMENT - "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR
HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. THIS IS THE GREAT AND FIRST COMMANDMENT" 2ND/OTHER GREAT COMMANDMENT - "AND A SECOND IS LIKE IT: YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS DEPEND ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS."
GOLDEN RULE AND FINAL LAW AND PROPHETS VERSE - "SO
WHATEVER YOU WISH THAT OTHERS WOULD DO TO YOU, DO ALSO TO THEM, FOR THIS IS THE
LAW AND THE PROPHETS. "
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