It is tough to put God’s love into perspective, after all, He is unfathomable. However, we can use short-tempered, inane moments to begin to grasp how pure and unconditional His love is for us. I have recently been (attempting to, and failing to) love all as He loves, specifically in an incident with a roommate, and found it to be such a challenge as my stubbornness tried to get the best of me. This little tiff between the two of us tested my patience and my understanding, which I am sure many of us encounter daily, maybe erupting between a spouse, a relative, a friend, or a co-worker. God so beautifully and applicably used this disagreement as an example.
I was bent out of shape over passive-aggressive comments thrown my way, and, in the moment, could hardly find enough self control to hold my tongue, much less show that person love. In the midst of calming down, I suddenly found myself in awe of our gracious, merciful Father.
There are many things we do deliberately against God’s will. It is called sin, and sin is the evil nature within the hearts of every man. It is inescapable; after all, Romans 3:23 tells us “For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.”When we are sinful, He grieves over our wrongdoings. He takes sin so seriously, that He sacrificed His Holy, Perfect Son to save us from our own evil. It broke His heart. God becomes utterly distraught over our sins; yet, along with His complete sadness, He, somehow, finds a way to love us so powerfully and unconditionally that it surpasses all understanding. Just think. Think about how hard it is for you to find love for someone in those short-tempered moments, and how much harder it must be for God to find the unconditional love that He has for us, as we break His heart, knowing exactly what we are doing. As we are filthy rags, His love is so beautiful and so undeserving. And It is so perfect. And God… God is so gracious.
Praise Him for the grace and the mercy He has on His people! For, as we fall short, God has loved us, still!