I don't deserve His love. There was nothing in myself I could do to earn His love. My sin separated me from God.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23 NIV
I find it easier to give than to receive. I've always enjoyed giving gifts to people but lately the tables have been turned. I've had to learn to receive graciously.
But God created me in His image to be in relationship with Him. And the only way I could truly come to know Him was ...through Jesus.
Jesus is the way to God. He lived a perfect life and paid the penalty for my sin. In response, I received the gift and my heart fills with love and gratitude.
In my humanness, I can easily look at others and think "I'd never do that sin or I'm not that bad." But in God's eyes, sin is sin and He cannot be in the presence of sin (even one tiny little speck of sin).
So instead of looking at others who are living a lifestyle that I know is wrong ...I pray for them.
I ask God to help me see others through Jesus' eyes.
What happens when I do this? I love as Jesus loves.
Jesus looked at Peter and saw what he would become. Peter was a simple fisherman but Jesus saw a fisher of men. (Matthew 4:18-19)
I'm so thankful for His grace towards me. He looked past what I was and saw who I would become because of who I belong to. How amazing is that?
When God looks at me ...He sees Jesus. Jesus lives in and through me as I surrender my life to Him for His purposes.
I love His grace. In response I want to extend His grace towards others. How about you?
Blessings and love,