…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:8 ESV
God’s love is a pure love: unconditional, unilateral, unaffected by our merit or our sin. Jesus illustrates this love in the parable of the Prodigal Son. A wicked son, after having insulted his father and wasted his money, is accepted by his father again – with open arms! Why? Because it’s his child. Because our own love is so conditional, we struggle – just like the older brother – to understand such love. We want to believe that God loves the good people, not the bad! They don’t deserve love – they deserve condemnation, rejection, punishment! Wouldn’t that be fair? Although God punishes bad people – or more correctly, their bad behaviour – he always loves them. Even the worst sinner is loved by God! When we sin, as we do, we often feel that we don’t deserve God’s love – and we don’t, of course. Still, think of the Prodigal Son’s father, think of how Jesus treated sinners – think of the cross. Did sin stop Jesus’ love, God’s love? No, sin cannot stop love!
Thank you, Lord, that my sin cannot and will not stop your love. I praise you for loving me always! Amen.
Look past your sin – see love!
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