(The Message Translation)
1st Co. 1:26-31;4:9-13(fools for Christ, Scum of the earth)
Is. 57:15 (Low-spirited, spirit crushed)
Jn. 4:27 (“That kind of woman”)
2 Thess. 3:5 (Take you by the hand)
Invite the misfits
Mt. 9:9-13 Mt. 11:19
Lk. 5:29-32; 7:39; 14:7-14; 15:1-3; 19:1-10
1st Tim 1:15
Is. 29:17-21; 53:11-12
Charles Swindoll wrote “a gross intolerance of those who don’t fit our mold reveals itself in a stoic stare or a caustic comment. Such legalistic and prejudiced reactions will thin the ranks of the local church faster than fire in the basement or flu in the pew.
If you question that, take a serious look at Paul’s letter to the Galatians. His pen flowed with heated ink as he rebuked them for “deserting” Christ (1:6), “nullifying the grace of God” (2:21), becoming “bewitched” by legalism (3:1), and desiring “to be enslaved” by this crippling disease (4:9).
Sure there are limits to our freedom. Grace doesn’t condone license. Love has its biblical restrictions. The opposite of legalism is not “do as you please.”
-It is do that which pleases God.
1 John 1:9
Look back at WHO Christ accepted and ask yourself if YOU can accept Christ now.
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