I’ve been thinking about yesterdays passage and in particular the definition of “sinner.”
Depending on how you were raised you look at those definitions and either feel guilty because of your condition and beat youself up or you’re like, “what me? I’m not any of those.”
But I believe both responses are wrong if left there. Guilt I think is a normal response. Pride is normal too when a person is ignorant of the true reality of their situation.
Like I said, left there, each is wrong for the person in God’s family. Not because of the truth of their lives being sinful, but because of the reality of who God is and what Jesus did on the cross for you/him/her/me the sinner and the “sinner.”
Here are some truthes to memorize, write down, repeat to yourself the child of God… Or to think about as a checker out of Jesus.
Romans 8.1 “therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Psalms 103.12 “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Romans 10.9-11 “for it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the scripture says, ‘anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
The last part of this last scripture takes me back to the Mark story we read yesterday. Trust in Jesus and there will always be a place for you at his table, you, the forgiven sinner or “sinner” will never be turned away.