How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.
Most all of us have friends. Most all of have been hurt by friends at some point. Some of us have given up on friends that have hurt us.
We learn in the Gospels that Jesus was hurt by His friends. He surrounded Himself with 12 completely unqualified people and potentially questionable morals.
Jesus wasn’t afraid to be associated with these people. He didn’t avoid the “very appearance of evil.” He was in the world but not of it. He chose to relate to those who were outcasts, outliers, and outside.
Jesus was, and is, a master restorer.