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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 24, 2021

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SATURDAY, April 24

Luke 5:32 I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.

I spent some time in a church once where one of the members had committed a fairly horrible crime. While the action was well-known among the members, it was several months before I learned about it. When I did, I was a bit surprised that the person was so well-accepted by the people of the church. I said something to one of the stalwarts, who replied, “Who needs church more than so-and-so?” It hit me like a bolt of lightning. Of course, this is exactly right. Churches are meant to be places of redemption and grace. Sure, we must make sure we do what we can to make the church safe for everyone. But there’s more.

Saint John Chrysostom said, “Enter into the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law.” Our work in the church is not to make “good people” feel better. For one thing, we’re all messed up by sin. Our work in the church is to proclaim grace and mercy, and offer Christ’s healing to sinners great and small.

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Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43 | Daniel 6:16-28 | 3 John 1-15 | Luke 5:27-39

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