Loved Just as You Are.

“Through Jesus we have received grace … this includes you! You are invited to come to him.” — Rom 1:5-6

Many churches teach that Jesus was exclusive and that his love is only meant for Christians. But Paul writes about this Jesus who was waving his arms and yelling, “Over here… everyone is invited!”

Jesus, though he was Jewish, wasn’t tied exclusively to the Jewish faith nor was he trying to start a new religion. Jesus didn’t care if you were Jewish or Gentile. He didn’t care if you were male or female, gay or straight, black or white, rich or poor, successful or a complete failure. He extended his grace to everyone and loved us just as we are. His love was and is unconditional.

Everyone is invited to follow to him. He loves us “Just as We Are!”

April Love-Fordham is blogging about LOVE in 2018.
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2 thoughts on “Loved Just as You Are.

  1. True enough about Jesus’s refusal to stereotype, yet we learn from him that he too could be moved beyond his own upbringing when the syrophonecian woman, who wasn’t Jewish at all, challenged Jesus to help her. Jesus shared that he was only helping the lost sheep of Israel and that the food of the people shouldn’t be shared with dogs. She replied that even the dogs get the crumbs underneath the master’s table. Jesus, expressing his humanity, was moved to help this woman. Sometimes it takes us a while to love others as they are, and for us to love others as we find them.

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    1. I find that passage in John disturbing. I took at semester long class in seminary “Called Eucharist of Crumbs” looking at many disturbing things that go on in scripture. The conclusion that I came to (which is difficult) is that Jesus was using this as a teaching moment wrapped in sarcasm. There are several places in John’s gospel that appear to be sarcasm. It is too unlike Jesus otherwise. There may have been something in the language that would have clued the 1st century person. It’s a gut feeling I can’t prove. Thank You for your comment.

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