Have you ever stopped to think about just how much God loves?
It’s a pretty amazing thing actually -God’s love. It’s so big and so powerful that it is hard to understand. The Bible says that he loves us so much that he gave his one and only son. I’ve often thought of the great sacrifice Jesus made when he died on that cross. It wasn’t until I had children of my own that I considered what a sacrifice it was for God to send his son and watch him die like that.
But God’s love for us was so big that he was willing to make that sacrifice. A love that strong – it’s almost unbelievable. It’s hard to understand and why God would give up the life of his son for a bunch of selfish humans. The Bible tells us that, too it says that God sent his son into this world to save the world. Not to destroy the world, not to condemn the world. He sent Jesus into this world because he loved this bunch of selfish humans so much that he wanted to save them.
So if God wanted to save the world, if he gave up his son for everyone, why do we condemn those who live differently than we do?
There are people in this world – some who are even a part of our family – who are not living according to the Bible. They make choices that are completely against what God asks us to do – sometimes because they don’t know what God wants and sometimes because they don’t care – and live their lives on their own terms. Because they don’t see the sin in their lives as sin, they flaunt it and expect – even demand – that everyone accept it.
Yes, I am talking about the gay community. But not just them I am talking about the section of the population that is living together before marriage, those who drink too much, those who fill their bodies with drugs. None of those things are Biblical. Each one breaks God’s heart.
But he still loves them. He still wants those people to accept his gift of eternal life.
He still sacrificed his son for them.
And if God loves these people, why should we put them down?
Love the sinner, hate the sin. That’s a saying I’ve heard throughout my life. I agree with it, but I am not sure it goes for enough. We should love the sinner, and pray for the sin. And we should always remember that we are no better. God doesn’t see us any differently than he sees anyone else. We are all sinners.
Yes, Rylee. Even you. You may think that telling a little white lie or skipping school or going someplace with your friends where your parents have asked you not go is no big deal, but it’s still a sin. What you think is a small sin doesn’t look any different to God than what you think is a big sin. Sin is sin. It all breaks God’s heart.
But you know what? God loves us all anyway.
And what better way to thank God for his love than by showing that love to everyone we meet, no matter how we feel about lifestyle they live.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believers but have ever lasting life. For God sent not his son into the world but that the world through him might be saved.