“God showed his great love…by sending Christ to die…while we were still
sinners.” Ro 5:8
Human love says, “I’ll love you as long as you meet my expectations, agree with my politics, attend my church, or fit into my social circle.” God isn’t like that. He didn’t wait for us to become worthy before making the first move. “God showed his great love… by sending Christ to die…while we were still sinners.” And when He did, He changed all the rules.
Jesus said, “Now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other…Just as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34 NLT); “Love others as much as you love yourself” (Mt 22:39 CEV); “Love…without hoping to get anything back” (Lk 6:35 NCV).
When we set about the task of loving others, we usually feel it will cost us three of our most precious commodities – our time, energy, and money. When we’re concerned about ourselves, we lose out on the blessing God has in store for us. But the blessing we receive in loving others is always greater than any perceived cost to ourselves. Love comes from God’ (1Jn 4:7 NIV), and it’s worth it, whatever the cost.