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We have sinned not once, nor even twice, but a lot more than we can count. Often time’s we intentionally just let ourselves commit again to bad deeds we have also done in the past. Why? This is because in our minds, we have sinned and we will be sinners forever. We have given up on the idea of us changing for the better… changing for the love of God.

In the story of Mark 2:15-17, Jesus have seen reclining and eating together with tax collectors and sinners. Who would’ve thought of such a scene, right? But Jesus being the Son of God told the scribes of Pharisees, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” As the glorious Son of God, He justified that the sinners are the most in need of Him, and so He came for them.

Each one of us is not exempted from committing sins; in fact we are all sinners since we were born. But the good news from the bible is that Jesus came for sinners, so how can we prepare ourselves in accepting Jesus as our friend?

There are few steps we can consider in accepting Jesus as a friend of sinners. First is to consider being transformed. As sinners it is very hard for us to change and be changed most of all if those who want us to change is those who are closest to us. We may think that, they don’t accept us as who we are but what we don’t see is that they just love us so much that they want to help us overcoming our sins and fill our hearts with love instead. Same with the message in 1 Corinthian 13:1-3, if you don’t have love in you even if you have the most amazing abilities and mighty power, you gain nothing. We can also consider being a person of grace. According to the story in Ephesians 4:32, it tells us the message of how we should be kind to one another, be loving and forgiving just how God forgave us through Jesus Christ. In a similar story in 1 Timothy 1:12-13, it stated how Jesus Christ forgives and accepted him wholeheartedly after all the sins and shame he throw unto Jesus. Lastly is we can sacrifice ourselves as His messenger. As sinners there is nothing better to do to be saved from our sins than to be Jesus’ messenger. Little by little, we are transforming others as we transform ourselves into more like Jesus.

A lot of us may have given up on their selves, and just live with sins. But as Christians, we can do something about it. We may not be sinless but we can sin-less only if we accept that no one but Jesus alone can save us; our Faith to him alone can help us; and we are doing everything for His Glory and through His powerful Word alone.