“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

John said to him:” Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not of our followers”. (Marc 9:37 – 41 read this files !)

The question is :”Who belongs to the group of followers of Jesus”? Jesus tells us, that everyone who believes in Him belongs to Him. We humans often want to exclude persons that seem different to us, we consider us better than the others. But who searches for the right way, who wants to do the good, is welcome to our Lord, does not matter where he comes from.

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

We are sinners, but our Lord forgives us. He washed our sins when dying on the cross. Therefore why should we be miserly and not forgive our sister and brother who had done something against us and now is begging for forgiveness?

Take these thoughts with You to the coming new week and God may bless You !