Matthew 9:11 The Pharisees were indignant. “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” they asked his disciples. (NLT)
He was a modern day rebel. His thinking was untraditional, his definition of success was unconventional and the people he associated with were incapable of helping him climb the social ladder. He avoided the religious leaders religiously-and they were the ones who could have guided him to victory. To top things off, he chose a rag tag group of followers to advance his agenda after his death and taught them the same philosophy. Makes you wonder what business school he attended. But since he came from heaven, there must be lessons from his lifestyle. And there are. Love doesn’t love because of what it gets but for what it can offer. It is practical and unconditional, touching those selfishness avoids. Love has compassion on its enemies. With gentleness, it reaches out to those too ashamed to reach up. And it never requires anything in return.
Love succeeds when all else fails.