How is this possible? Let’s start with Matthew 5:45. In this scripture, Jesus informs us that God causes “his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous.” In theological terms, this is called “common grace.” If you’re a do-gooder or a criminal, the sun rises on you and the rain falls on you. God loves each the same, and in this world he created, we each experience its natural benefits.
John 3:16, perhaps the most famous scripture of all, declares that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten son…” He gave his son to the world, not to just part of the world or to the good people of the world, but to the whole world. He came to live with us and die for us all. In fact, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8). Again we see the all-inclusive “us,” not just some of us.
No sin, no crime, no flaw is so great that God does not love the offender. This kind of love wins over the lost wandering soul; the rejected one who feels worthless; and the poor one who has committed the darkest of crimes. In fact, “God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance,” (Romans 2:4). There are no qualifiers; it doesn’t say that his loving-kindness leads the good people or some
people or purple people. It just says “you,” as in “you all.”
No sin, no crime, no flaw is so great
that God does not love us.
And perhaps my favorite scripture of all on this topic: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness,” (Jeremiah 31:3). There’s that “you” again, not just some of you, but all of you. And I love the word “everlasting.” His love is forever; it’s real and solid and lasting–something you can count on.
So what makes believers different from unbelievers? Believers know they are loved and enter into a relationship with the One who loves them. They seek forgiveness for their sins, their mistakes, and their faults–and they receive the forgiveness they seek. This combination of love received and forgiveness granted packs a powerful punch, one that changes lives, often giving people a fresh new start. What could be better than that?
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