Loving the Unlovable

We were granted power and privilege.  We were given beauty and love.  We were caressed and protected and shown the way of the best life.  But it was not good enough for us.  We rebelled against our Benefactor and threw Eden away.

Yet, our Creator, who created us out of His love, continued to love us.

As we persisted in our sinful rebellion, our guilt piled higher and higher.  God was love.  But we hated Him.  We showed our hatred by our wicked acts.  We were undeserving of anything positive from God.  We were without direction, without goodness, without power to right our course, and without hope.

Into the midst of this miserable mess God sent the Son of His love, because He still loved us, even when we were unlovable.

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Romans 5:6-9 NKJV)

If we can even begin to understand our own unworthiness and what God did for us in spite of that – this awareness would have an immense positive effect on our affection for God and our fellow man.  This text should be nailed to our door posts and become frontlets for our eyes.  If we would meditate on it daily, if not hourly, we would become better Christians. Our love for our Father would become a fire in our hearts.  We would learn the meaning of mercy and forgiveness toward our brother.  Our friends would begin to see Christ in us.

We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19 NKJV)

I love God because He loved me first.  I can practice mercy and humility because He loved me first.  I can fearlessly grow more and more like Jesus, regardless of what the world thinks, says, or does; because He loved me first.

Remember who loves you and what He did to show it.

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