A husband cheats on his wife. A wife cheats on her husband. You talk about your best friend behind their back. You judge someone unworthy of your time because of the clothes they wear or the car they drive. You look down on someone who has less than you do. You can’t forgive someone for hurting you or making your life difficult. Copying someone else’s paper on a test at school. Pretending you don’t see the person standing at the entrance to WalMart because you don’t want to support their cause. We eat too much. We are gay. We are jealous. We watch pornography. We abuse our children. We persecute. We hate. We kill. We rob. We cheat. We lie. We destroy. We are human, and we ALL fall short of the glory of God.
Wow. Sounds like we suck, doesn’t it. Truth be told, we do. No matter how much we try to be good, we are inherently bad. We all know someone who, on the surface, seems like they have it together…someone who is not just talking the talk, but walking the walk as well. Guess what. They have secrets, too. Granted, theirs may be much less severe than ours. Maybe they have an extra helping of ice cream from the dessert bar instead of taking an extra hour looking at something they shouldn’t on the internet, but a sin is still a sin. There are no varying degrees that make one person’s sin any less than mine, or yours, or his or hers.
If everyone is such a terrible and ugly person, what hope do we have of ever attaining God’s favor and blessings? What can we do to tip the scales of judgement in our favor? How can I ever hope to take my place in heaven to be reunited with Mia? Here’s where I would normally break this whole “live for God” thing down and share with you a long dissertation of the steps we should take to be better people. I would give you a list of scriptures that outline the recipe for success in this life to attain the prize in the next. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you. It’s just not that complicated when you really think about it. What it all boils down to is simply this- love.
Love our Father in Heaven more than you love yourself or anyone else. Love Jesus Christ enough to forgive and forget. Love Him with EVERYTHING that within you is capable of love. Love. Love. Love. And more love. Strive to love the way that He loves you.
Which is how much, exactly? Hmmmmm. Lemme think about that for a minute. Just how much does He love us? Oh, yeah. That’s right. He willingly let His one and only Son die on a cruel cross for me. He allowed His Son to be whipped, stabbed, stoned, hit, punched, spit upon, adorned with a crown of thorns, bled out and ultimately KILLED. All because He loves.
It was this sacrifice that paid our way into eternal salvation. Jesus’ death gave us life.
“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” -Romans 5:6-11
Know Him. Accept Him. Live for Him. LOVE Him. When you can do these things, you are a new person in God’s eyes. You are no longer imperfect.
You are flawless.
How deep is the Father’s love for us? Love the Mob…