Loving the Unlovable

That’s what Jesus Christ did: he loved the unlovable, and he calls his disciples to do likewise.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)

“‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  (Matthew 22:39)

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”  (Luke 6:27–29)

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  (John 13:34–35)

A few weeks ago Pastor John emphasized in his sermon the true nature of Christian love: that it loves the unlovable.  I haven’t been able to get that out of my head.

Jesus set the example by dying on the cross for my sin when I was so totally unworthy and undeserving.  Honestly, it’s still really difficult to remember God’s grace has covered over my sin – especially when I see all my failures and wrestling against what God wants from me (and FOR me, too).  But God’s grace is sufficient for me.  I know I’m not worthy of God’s love, and I never will be.  Thanks be to God that His love is not like a reimbursement check for godliness we’ve acquired.  It’s a gift – freely given…

… but as a gift that’s freely given to us, it also demands that we pass it along.

God loved me when I was unlovable (and I still am most of the time!).  Am I loving the unlovable, passing along that grace?

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