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Becoming a Christian does not remove the fear of being rejected by others. Becoming a Christian provides you with a new people group and new opportunities to belong to something. It does not mean you are to live with your new friends while wearing a mask. I did not know this after the Lord regenerated me.
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Sinner - Woman - Story - Sinfulness - People
The sinner woman in this story could not conceal her sinfulness from the religious people in the room. She was frown upon, but what could she do? She loved Jesus, and the sinner woman wanted to express that love, so she showed up where Jesus was doing Jesus things.
The problem was that a bunch of religious people were there too. While her sinfulness was evident to all, their sin was nicely tucked and hidden behind their religious garb. That put the sinner lady at a disadvantage. The good news is she had Jesus, which proved to be all she needed to be justified.
Why You Do What You Do?
There were two people groups in the room that day, both of whom were religious. In one corner was the “sinner woman” and in the other corner were the “religious sinners,” who kept their sin shrouded by their self-righteous religiosity.
Jesus - Room - Referee - Job - Everyone
Jesus was also in the room. He was like a referee, whose primary job was to make sure everyone was playing fair, which was why He eventually spoke up. Rather than addressing the behaviors that the religious people dialed-in on, He focused on the motivations behind their actions.
One of the most important questions you could ever ask yourself is why you do what you do? The “why” question...
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