HANGING OUT WITH SINNERS

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

I spend my days hanging out with sinners.  You might think that unwise, but according to the above scripture, I have no choice.  Everyone I come in contact with fits into the category of “all”. Of course, so do I.  So everyone who associates with me is associating with a sinner.

Now there are two categories of sinners, those who have received Jesus as their savior, and those who have fail to do so.  Those who have not received Jesus as their savior still have the opportunity to do so.  It is the job of those of us who are saved to encourage those who have yet to receive Him.  Thus, it is important for saved sinners to hang out with unsaved sinners.

(2Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 

Since it is our Father’s desire, we should all the more want to please him by doing our part to bring others to Christ.  Jesus hung out with sinners like us. He healed, fed, taught us how to live, and then he died for us.  We should approach the unsaved with the same heart that Jesus had for us all.  We should love, pray for, help in times of need, and share our testimony with one another.

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