It struck me that God’s love is not dependent on his approval.
God does not have to approve of us or what we do to love us.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Obviously, God does not approve of our sin, but he still loves us enough to allow Jesus to die so our sins will be forgiven.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense to us as humans, we are stuck, because of our quirky and backwards nature, in the pattern of loving people when we approve of them.
Maybe this happens because we feel that if we love people we don’t approve of or people who’s actions we don’t approve of, we think we are condoning their behaviour.
God’s ultimate act of love in Jesus was emphasised and underlined time and time again through the life of Christ as he reached out and walked with, touched, embraced the untouchables, the unlovely, the ‘poor in spirit’, the people that had not won anyone’s approval.
Jesus crashed into the lives of the people that were least approved and he lavished love on them – the very people that needed it most.
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Lets not get any delusions that we are any better than any of them, we need Jesus just as much now as any of the people he spoke to >2000 years ago.
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