I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.
From the Gospel according to Mark. Mk 2:13-17
Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
The Gospel of the Lord
Who can resist?
Lord, only You can call me in such a way. Your call makes me leave everything and follow You, and my life changes completely.
I see you interacting with sinners. You do not focus on their past actions and what they may deserve as a consequence, but rather, You look at how to heal them, trusting in them and their abilities to change the course of their lives.
Therefore, I should not keep an account of the offenses my husband has done to me, considering that the Lord could do the same with me, and then I would be lost. Instead the psalm continues,”But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.”How important it is! I have the opportunity to instill respect in my husband by forgiving him.
I am grateful to God for granting me the privilege of being His instrument, fulfilling His desire to forgive my husband as I extend forgiveness to him.I manage His respect. Thank you Lord
Applied to married life:
Anna: Charles, the Lord has made it clear to me in prayer, and from now on, I will not bring up any of the wounds you caused me in the past. I realized that I held you responsible for them, and I was the one keeping them open by licking my wounds. That’s how I kept them fresh. Everything is forgiven and forgotten. And if the memory of any of them comes back to me, I will push that thought away out of respect for you.
Charles: I really appreciate that, Anna. It was a ghost I couldn’t fight against, and it was seriously affecting our love. I feel liberated, and now, I feel loved by you, not for what I did but for who I am. I feel like I’ve regained my dignity in your eyes. Praise the Lord.
Anna: Praise the Lord.
How joyful it is to have received the Lord’s call. It’s truly wonderful that He loves me and has set me apart from my previous life.