Jesus, Friend of Sinners by Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns

Many times Christains are called judgemental.  Does our behavior support this judgement on us?

Log in your eye
In Matthew 7 Jesus says, ““Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”  Judgement in the place of love is something that every person seems to struggle with at time even back then.  However, Jesus calls us not to judge.

“Let our hearts be led by mercy”
The Casting Crowns song Jesus, Friend of Sinners address this need for His love over judgement.  Take a listen to the song and read they lyrics.  How does this strong impact you?  Listen for the lyrics like “Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers. Let our hearts be led by mercy.”  Let God uses this song to impact your heart!

Jesus, Friend of Sinners
Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

Yeah…

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

‘Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours

And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast
Yeah…
You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

What do you think?

Use the comment section below to let us know about other songs that have inspired you. We would love to highlight them in future articles. Thanks!

About Karen Smith

Karen Brooks Smith is a guest blogger and passionate volunteer at Changing the Face of Christianity. Karen became a Christian in her early adulthood. She isn't religious, but has a relationship with Jesus Christ. Karen recognizes the differences between the church of this world and the church of the Bible and is motivated to reconcile those differences in our culture. Karen enjoys volunteering with her Church’s youth group, her children’s school and with the Girl Scouts. However, her most important blessing and ministry is her wonderful husband and three delightful daughters.


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Comments

  1. Chylene Ramsey says

    Forgiving those who have sinned against you is a good thing. Jesus recommended forgiving your brother if he sinned against you “seventy times seventy” times. On a personal basis, this is laudable. Unresolved resentments can devour you; I know this well. if I nursed resentments and hatred for every person who has injured me, I would be a very ugly person and there would be dead bodies everywhere. As it is, They are their own worst enemies, and as I have seen, they have injured themselves far more than I ever could have managed, and I have remained unscathed, and even felt a remote pity for them., But on a human scale, we must look at these from God’s perspective, not ours. How can we forgive and suspend judgement on those whose twisted ideologies commit horrid blasphemies in the name of their God? How can we tolerate the inhuman atrocities they commit against all humanity, and call ourselves the children of God? They do the work of satan, not God. Jesus did not pray the moneylenders out of the temple, and Elijah did not forgive the priests of Baal.

  2. Rick says

    Actually, Jesus tells us not to judge hypocritically. When we tell Christians not to judge at all, they tend to back away from judging sin. We MUST judge sin, but not the sinner.

  3. EManuel A - Sandoval says

    Thank you Rick for your comment about judging. Those in the world want to stop us from criticizing or judging sin when that is what Jesus meant by stating that we should not judge unfairly, but righteously (John 7:24). Then, the Apostle Paul in (1 Corinthians 6:2-3) stating: “Do you not know that the saints (we) will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life?

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