A friend of sinners – that is Jesus. He is known for visiting the sinners and dining with them. He did not allow the greediness of Zaccheus stop Him from giving the love that Zaccheus needed. He did not let the impurities of the woman caught in adultery hinder Him from releasing forgiveness. He did not make the mistakes of His disciples held Him back from getting closer to them. Does it mean He is ok with sins? Of course not! He hates sins but He let His kindness brings the sinners to repentance (Romans 2:4). He chooses love because He is love.
I think this one of Jesus’ traits that we find it so hard to imitate. When someone wronged us, we sometimes define the person for what she/he did. We easily blurt out, ”I hate him/her!” though sometimes we don’t actually mean it; we let our emotions consume us. But at the end of the day, where can hate take us?
I strongly believe that the only way to right the wrong is to see it through the lens of love. We don’t wait for the person to be perfect before we extend our love just as we, ourselves, are imperfect. If we define them for what they did (or doing) to us, how can transformation takes place? Like I always believe, everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt. Standing on the ground of love is giving a room for the person to change. I bet we all have our own fair share of flaws but perfection is not the requirement of love.
Just like Jesus did to us that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).