Many of us grew up singing, “Oh, How I Love Jesus.” The phrase of that special hymn, “because He first loved me,” has been a reoccurring theme. My husband and I have had conversations about our witness as Christians. We never want to be comfortable with sin, but we don’t want to be so uncomfortable that we render ineffective for reaching others with the salvation message. After all, Jesus did come to call sinners (Luke 5:32). And praise God that He did, because that’s exactly how every person comes to Christ (Romans 3:23). No matter how polished or poised, we still come as sinners.
Titus 3:3-7 “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
We were in this terrible state, and nothing that we could do could change that. But God’s mercy could, and did.
This was illustrated before me as I had the opportunity to care for a baby who had been born to a drug addicted mother. The state of this baby upon birth was bleak, uncertain, and disheartening. But regardless of the infant’s condition, there was a mom and dad wanting that baby. Adopted parents; ones who had decorated a nursery, prepared the home, and arranged the finances to welcome that baby as their own. They didn’t turn their backs when they were informed of the extensive medical care needed. They didn’t give up when they realized the baby they wanted wasn’t a healthy one. They loved this baby. And they loved this baby first.
My husband says, “I serve a God who loved me before I ever loved Him.” Isn’t that divine love? We bring nothing but a bleak, uncertain and disheartening soul, and when His kindness and love appears, our lives and our future are changed.
Oh how I love Jesus!
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