photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/November 2010
originally written 15 Dec 10
posted 4 Jan 11

Jesus calls us to be “fishers of men.”

Does our behavior and attitude toward others
draw people to Him or repel them?

Love and compassion
Anger and self-righteousness
Which characteristics do you believe to be more attractive?

It’s God’s love that draws people to want to know more about Him.
It’s His love that brings them to repentance, not our judgment.

O how easy it is to slip into self-righteousness
when someone else makes a mistake!
We must never forget our own mistakes…
not for the purpose of reliving our past,
but for the purpose of remembering how much we have been forgiven.
Our anger doesn’t serve God’s purpose
of reaching the lost with His Great Love.

Those forgiven much can forgive much.
(Matthew 18:21-35)*
(Luke 7:36-50)**

Our Savior has forgiven us of so much…
and He expects us to extend that forgiveness to others.
We must never forget that we stand on a foundation of Grace…
and that Grace foundation is big enough to share.  

The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind 
to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 
All have turned away, all have become corrupt; 
   there is no one who does good, not even one.”
Psalm 14, repeated again in Psalm 53

“Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, 
   no one who does what is right and never sins.
Ecclesiastes 7:20

There is a quote I heard recently that spoke volumes to me 
(wish I could remember who said it):
“Being loving is more important than being right.”

*Matthew 18:21-35

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 
 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
   23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 
   26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 
   28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 
   29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 
   30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 
   32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 
   35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” 


**Luke 7:36-50

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman
 36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38 and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 
 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” 
 40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” 
   “Tell me, teacher,” he said. 
   41 Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 
 43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” 
   “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. 
 44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” 
 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 
 49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 
 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” 

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