“But God commandeth his love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
God commands his love for us. Not suggests, not hopes for or wishes, but commands his love for us. Unshakable, unmovable, unchangeable. His love for us can not go away. His love for you, for me is immutable. It doesn’t diminish when we put on a few pounds, or 50. It doesn’t fade when our hair turns to grey, or falls out. And his love doesn’t turn to another if I become wrinkled, feeble, lose my job, or any other thing you ca do or even imagine.
And when did God love us? When we were yet sinners. Our God, the God of Abraham, the God of Issac, the God of Jacob doesn’t demand that we stop sinning and then He will love us. God does not say to you or I “Be perfect, get your act together, and THEN I will love you and care for you.” No, No, No. He says to you and I come to me all you who are weary, carrying a load that is too much to carry and I will give you rest.
He could have said, Russ once you do X then I will care for you, then I will love you. God could have said show me you love me, then I will love and care for you. But instead God says to mankind, I will love you no matter what. I will love you day or night, summer or winter, when you do right or when you do wrong.
God’s love for you is not dependent on your past
I can hear you now, “But Russ you don’t know what I have done. If you only knew the inside, if you could see my thoughts, my heart. My own family won’t have anything to do with me. My marriage is in shambles. I can’t find my way out of the bottle.”
Your right I don’t know you. I don’t know what you’ve done. I don’t know your faults, your failings, your foibles. I don’t and maybe if I did I wouldn’t like you much. But God knows. God knows each and every lie you have ever told. God knows every porn movie you’ve ever watched, every curse word that has come out of your mouth even when no one was around. And every wicked thought that you have ever had. And in response God says- “I love you.”
I love you when you don’t deserve it, when you haven’t earned it, even when you have abused it. For you see God says “my grace is sufficient for you.”
Grace: Gods unearned favor, blessing, love. The gift of Gods grace can not be earned, it can not be bought at any price, for any amount. You and I can never do enough good things to earn or deserve it.
So you say “I don’t deserve it, God would never give it to me.” So who does God give His grace to? Who are the heroes and saints God poured out his grace on.
Genesis 6:8- “but Noah found grace in the eyes of The Lord.”- Noah a drunk
Lot says “behold now thy servant hath found grace in thy sight.” Lot a man who less than 48 hours earlier was ready to turn over his daughters to be gang raped by a mob outside his home.
Exodus “For thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know you by name.” Who is God speaking to? A hot-headed, spoiled, murderer by the name of Moses
Or Zechariah 12:10
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and supplication.” David war-monger, adulterer murderer. David who had a loyal soldier murdered because David had seduced his wife while he was risking his life in battle for his king, David.
So what is it again that you think is so bad that God’s grace is for others but not for you?
God’s grace is a gift given freely from God to anyone who asks. Not something you can earn and certainly not what you deserve. But just because it is free does not mean it is cheap.
Romans 3:4 “Let God be true, and every man a liar.” So what does God say? Romans 6:23
“the wages of sin IS
death.” Justice requires death, someone must die. Justice was satisfied by death, just not your death. God came in the form of man as Jesus. He paid that price so that God the Father can give you and I grace.
This isn’t just going to Macy’s with the credit card to pick up a bunch of Christmas gifts. These aren’t a few trinkets purchased at the Dollar Store. This is the biggest gift, this is the most costly gift of all. This is the gift to end all gifts. The gift of grace is free but is not cheap. Make no mistake it cost the giver dearly. And grace alone, God’s grace alone is enough.
God’s grace is sufficient, no matter what. And best of all it is your’s for the asking.