When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed. — Mar 6:53-56
Wherever Jesus goes, people are are asking him for help and “all who touched Jesus’ cloak were healed.”
It doesn’t say, “those who were good enough” or “those who believed enough” or “those who believed the right stuff.” Anyone who reached out their hand was healed.
Jesus healed without judging.
Who doesn’t deserve our love? The Republican next door? The Democrat next door? The prostitute? The crazy person? The annoying co-worker? The prodigal son? The rule-keeping brother? The parent who neglected us?
We need to transcend a merit based understanding of who deserves our love and love like Jesus did.
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