Read Matthew 22:1-14
Read 1Peter 3:8-12
The Christian is called by God to many things, and added to this list is the calling of being a blessing and doing good even in the face of suffering and persecution. This begins with doing good to one another in the church.
Read Ezekiel 36:22-32 with Matthew 9:9-13
The Pharisees had a hard view of those whose lives were marked by deeply ingrained visible sin; so hard that they viewed such sinners like Matthew as irredeemable. Little did they think that as they accused Jesus of eating with sinners, that he took time to eat with them too. In this text the Lord responds to their criticism by stating three weighty truths concerning his mission - he came to call sinners to repentance.