He Loves All

He Loves All…The Bible teaches in the Book of Romans,

5:7 ..Scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die.
5:8  But God commendeth (demonstrated or brought forth) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  He Loves All… Sometimes, it is hard for us, as believers possibly since childhood, to imagine the absolute harshness and reality of sin and the effects it has upon one’s own life.  Especially, for those of us who are church attenders and fortunate and blessed enough to surround ourselves with other believers who follow Christ’s teachings and principles set forth in the Bible.  We form a bond of fellowship with other believers and feel very comfortable and secure within our environment.

But, that wasn’t the case with Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh.  Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost.”  And, since the entire human race had been plummeted into “sin” through the disobedience of Adam and Eve…the entire human race was lost…So, He came for the entire human race.

When we describe the general term, “the human race,” it takes into account both genders, nationalities, ethnicities, and race.  But, it also takes into account ALL the acts, both good and evil, carried out by ALL humans, as well.

You might say, “Wait a minute. I don’t behave myself in an evil manner as some people do.  I’m not some pervert out there trying to harm others or harm myself!”

No, thanks be unto God, many of us are NOT out there living vicarious lives, breaking the law, or endangering the lives of others or ourselves.  Many of us try our very best to live well-disciplined lives within the boundaries of the laws of the land and those outlined in Scripture.  And, with that in mind, it is easy to accept that God Loved us and died for us, since we are willing and wish to return Love and obedience back to Him…

Yet, God not only died for those of us who wish to achieve a disciplined life through Christ Jesus, but he died for those who live and carry out daily acts of wrong behaviors, sins, crimes, and misconduct.  Sometimes, it is easier for us to comprehend a Savior loving those who will favorably love Him back…but He Loves All…from the guttermost to the uttermost! 

Recently, I was engaged in a brief conversation with a person who chooses to live in an alternative life style.  The person was very courteous, clean-cut, and polite.  They (not wishing to use a singular gender pronoun) appeared very confident, mature, and well-rounded.  Yet, their parents are distraught over the choices they have made in their lives.  This person faces great and harmful consequences in their future.

After my husband and I returned home that night, I prayed for this person and their family.  I prayed for this person’s eyes to be open to their sinful choices, the strong-hold in their life, and to repent and seek God’s forgiveness.

As I pondered God’s Love, Mercies, and Grace, I thought about how if this person had been the only person living on earth…Christ would have died for that one person…including their life style choice and all.  God wants to set all of mankind “free” from sin and harmful, hurtful choices we make in life.  He Loves All.

I thought of others who have chosen pathways that lead to destruction and harm.  Murderers, robbers and thieves, molestors…all too shameful to even mention….Yet, God sent His Son to die for their lives just as much as He sent his son to die for mine.  I don’t think we, as humans, can ever truly comprehend the overwhelming Love of the Father…

For God so LOVED the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever shall call upon His name shall be Saved…For God sent His Son not into the world to condemn the world but through Him might be Saved.  (John 3:16-17).

Today, I pray for those who have made harmful choices in their lives and bring shame upon themselves, their families, and God’s word to come to the knowledge that God loves them and is ready to forgive and accept them into the authentic life of a believer and the family of God (one who follows Jesus and His teachings).

Yet, no matter what they, or I, do or ever could do we are not exempted from God’s Love and Grace… and HIS WAY to Salvation…(Romans chapter 10).

Scarcely for a righteous man…one perhaps would die…Yet, while We were YET sinners…Christ died for us….He Loves All and wishes to set All free…For in Christ Jesus we can be free…free indeed.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T. Rollins, Author

 

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