Tuesday April 9 2019

God Loves Imperfect People

“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

I am far from perfect. I sometimes find it hard to believe that God really loves me – especially when I mess up, fail or make bad decisions. 

Actually, no one is perfect – apart from Jesus. But God so loved the word that he gave his one and only son to die for us (John 3:16). Therefore, God must love imperfect people. In fact, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

God knows that perfect people do no exist. We all fail. God’s love for you is bigger than your mistakes. God loves imperfect people. Everyone knows that their marriage partner is not perfect, their children are not perfect, their parents are not perfect, and their friends are not perfect. But we love imperfect people. If we love imperfect people perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us that God loves imperfect people even more. 

The apostle Paul was far from perfect. In fact, he describes himself as the ‘chief’ of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15, KJV). Yet, he can write, ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

This is the extent of the greatness of the love of God. The Son of God gave himself for me… and you. It is not just that God loves the whole world. He loves you. He gave himself on the cross for you and me. He died for you. If you had been the only person in the world, Jesus would have died for you. It is as personal as that. 

God’s love for you is unconditional, wholehearted and continual. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more and there is nothing you can do to make God love you less. 

When Paul understood this, it radically changed his life. His old life had come to an end – ‘I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central… The life you see me living is not “mine”’ A new life had begun, ‘Christ lives in me’

God, in his great love, embraces all who put their faith in Christ, without distinction. You are justified by faith. This results in a totally changed life.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank you that You loved me and gave Yourself for me. Forgive me for the times that I have not appreciated this love. Help me trust in Your great love for all the challenges I face today. Also help me to love others more in that way that You love me. Help me to be gracious in all I do and to point people to You that their lives may be transformed. Amen