Because Jesus paid the ultimate price for us, God is deeply and personally vested in our life. I cannot imagine that He must feel like when we choose a lifestyle that wastes His gifts—or worse yet—that destroys us. I’ve had clients who spent years investing massive resources, time and love into their adopted children, only to have them throw it all away for a life of drugs, laziness and jail time. I can’t even begin to describe their pain. For years, they made personal sacrifices and the fruit of their sacrifice seems to be wasted.

But, love—when given with God’s heart—is never wasted.

Often, we are a lot like these children—towards God! We trample on His love by our failure to make Him the center of our life. We love our independence more than Him. We choose to destroy ourselves with worry, fear, anger, unforgiveness, and any other sin that separates us from Him. Jesus knew the very real risk of our rejection when He gave His life.

Yet, He chose to love.

In this amazing passage, the Bible says, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (‭Romans‬ ‭5:6-8‬) Jesus died to offer us a priceless gift that He knew we might reject. He also knew that we might accept it and abuse His love after we had it. Such incredible love! Sadly, I was one of those miscreant children.

After I accepted God’s gift of salvation and He adopted me into His family, for years I chose to live my own way. I came home to Him only when I was in desperate trouble from my latest sin-induced scrape. He continued to love me, but I was missing the best part of His love—knowing Him. He is love. When I finally began to passionately seek and love Him, the relationship of His love transformed me. His love saved me and keeps me!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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