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Especially Someone Like You

I am like the sick sheep that strays from the rest of the flock. Unless the Good Shepherd takes me on His shoulders and carries me back to His fold, my steps will falter, and in the very effort of rising, my feet will give way.
St Jerome 

For a long time I thought I had to be someone who was perfect in order for God to want me. 

There is  nothing God wants more than you. A future without you hurts Him more than anything else you have ever said or done has hurt Him.  No amount of imperfection will make God want you any less.  

If you are someone like me who has not always been much of a friend to those I needed to be a friend to, not always forgiven those I needed to forgive, not always wanted others to be better than me,  not always been genuine around others, struggled trusting God, not loved those I needed to love, committed what God calls adultery, been disrespectful, misrepresented God financially, been a hypocrite, ,slandered people behind their back, been unforgiving, been someone who has not faithfully wanted nothing more than God, my speech and actions may have killed my brother, if you are all this  and worse, there is still absolutely nothing that God wants more than you. 

There is nothing you can do or say to make God want you any more.  He wants you for no other reason than He wants nothing more than He wants you. 

Matthew 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

Matthew 9:13  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Matthew 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

Matthew 21:31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.