Monday, November 19, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Loving The Unlovable
Luke 19:1-10
The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.(Luke 19:10)
Zacchaeus was easy to dislike. As a tax collector for an oppressive occupying government, he made himself rich by overcharging his countrymen. Yet, to the consternation of the crowd, Jesus honored him by going to his house and eating with him.
A judge with a reputation for toughness tells how he learned to relate to unlovable people. In a Sunday morning homily his clergyman urged the congregation to try to look at people through the eyes of Jesus.
A few days later the judge was about to give a stiff sentence to an arrogant young man who kept getting in trouble. But then he remembered what the minister had suggested. The judge said, “I looked this young man in the eye and told him I thought he was a bright and talented human being. And then I said to him, ‘Let’s talk together about how we can get you living in more creative and constructive ways.’ We had a surprisingly good conversation.”
Jesus saw Zacchaeus as a sinner with an empty hole that only He could fill, and through His kindness Zacchaeus was transformed. The judge could not report any such change, but who knows the long-term outcome? He set a good example for all of us, because he saw the man through the eyes of Jesus.
Dear Lord, teach me to love like you did. Amen.
True compassion will put love into action.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church