Many people think that we need to “just believe”, despite any evidence that non-Christians show us. I don’t think that is necessary at all. There are evidences everywhere that the Christian faith is objectively true, and the Bible says that it is OK to look at the evidence.
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Mark 2:16-17 King James Version (KJV)
And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
A lot of people believe that they are too far gone for Christ to save them, Some Christians even seem to believe this of certain people, but he came for the Demon possessed, the thief on the cross, tax collectors, Saul the murderer and persecutor of Christians. I don’t care what you have done, you are not too evil for Christ to redeem.
Christians, sometimes you have to back away from people for your safety or even your sanity, but even those that you fear so much that you want to run when you see them can be redeemed by Christ. They still have to pay an earthly cost for their sin, but Christ blood can even cleanse them. If you can not bring yourself to witness to them, pray for them.
Life demands that we please certain people at least some of the time; our boss, our spouse, police officers… But trying to please everyone all the time is like drinking from a colander, you might get a few sips, but mostly you get all wet! Jesus, however, notices every effort we make. Even if you don’t succeed in your efforts, if you are trying to please him, he will recognize that effort.
No, it isn’t selfish to say that you only want to please Jesus because if you are pleasing Jesus you will love your family, love the sick, the downtrodden, and even your enemies. Some of those people will not appreciate your efforts, but if you are doing those things because you love Jesus there will always be one that is pleased by you.
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