Eating With Sinners

"Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and his disciples, and when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, 'Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?' 

But when Jesus heard, He said unto them, 'They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth. I will have mercy and not sacrifice, for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentence.' "  
(Matthew 9: 10-13) 

Lord, help me to see others as you see them. My natural reaction is to turn away in disgust and disdain. I hate their lifestyle. They smell, and their speech irritates me. . .  but that person is someone that You died for. They need You.  Help me to love the sinner and not the sin. Love them through me. Give me Your eyes to see them as You do.           In Jesus' Name, Amen

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