We often hear about the "Christian Right," or "Conservative Christians." Yet, if you think about it, Jesus was the original liberal.  He cared about motives more than the deeds themselves (Matthew 23:5 & Mark 12:41-43) and more about compassion than adhering to rules (Luke 6:1-11 & Luke 13:10-17). This blog will reflect liberal Christian values of compassion, tolerance, mercy, charity, a thirst for knowledge & understanding, and, above all, love.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Deserving Of Love?

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” ~ Ephesians 2:8

There aren't many perks to being physically disabled. With a few exceptions, I pretty much have to depend on the kindness of others for everything I need and want. I need to be fed, bathed, shaved, cleaned after evacuating my bowels, etc.…. Yet, in a way, that's a perk, because it lets me see people for who they are.

As they work in earnest to clean me and/or alleviate my pain, I can’t help but love them. When I tell them so, they tell me they love me too. For a split second I wonder why. What about me makes me worthy of their love?

Then I realize, their love for me has nothing to do with me, but is a reflection of them and their compassion.

I imagine it’s the same way with God. There's nothing we can do to EARN God’s love. God loves us because He’s a gracious and compassionate God, not because of anything we’ve done.   While this means we can't earn God's love, I suppose it means we can't lose it either.