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Jesus Came to Seek the Lost

Romans 2: 1 “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”

It is easy to make a judgment of someone else’s actions and be blinded by our own wrongdoing. It seems to be a human tendency to always highlight the negatives of others and not focus on their positives. Bad news travels much faster than good. If it was the other way around, everyone on earth could have heard the gospel and Jesus would have returned to take us home. It is not fair to condemn others and not remove the scales first from your own eyes. The Bible is clear that we should not judge or we will be judged (Matthew 7: 1).

Jesus Christ never condemned any sinner while he was on earth. Why? He came for that very reason. He came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19: 10). How can you condemn those you are seeking to save? How can you reach those you hate? Only love can reach the unreached, teach the untaught and rescue the lost. The world will be a better place if we just choose to love people equally, reach out with love to those that are hurting and focus more on peoples’ strengths than their weaknesses.

A lot of people suffer unnecessarily just because of other people’s negative perception of them and the words of condemnation they say and spread to others. Society is full of this and the church is no exception. There is a wrong mindset in the church for those that have been there for a long that anyone who comes in must come in whole and perfect. And if not, they pass judgment, point to a figure, and bring up their past. Yet these seekers are searching for a place to belong and if the church cannot accept them, where else? The church is supposed to be a place of refuge for the lost and healing for the hurting. But sad to say, many times it has become the place many sinners fear to go to the most. Why? It is full of people who think they are so righteous that they cannot accept those whose lives are in a mess.

If we just learn to stop judging others, and never condemn anyone but love them instead, regardless of the life they live, we can make the world a better place. Can you choose to do that today?



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