What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8
I saw a tee shirt the other day that said, “Keep Calm. You’re a loser anyway.” What a statement to wear on a shirt! But on any given day, there are people who look kind of like you and me who truly believe they are of no value to themselves or society. They walk around thinking negative thoughts about themselves, and they are certain that everyone around them thinks negative thoughts about them too. What an awful way to live!
And how many people do you imagine are thinking, God doesn’t love me! I would have to be a perfect person for God to love me, and I’d have to do everything just perfectly. So He can’t possibly love me. Why would I ever think He could love me?
But that’s not what the Bible says, is it? Jesus sat on the side of a hill and gave a whole long talk that we call the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-11), in which He said, unequivocally, that everybody is blessed. That includes (but is not limited to): the depressed people, those in mourning, quiet people, folks who are trying to do good, those who show mercy, those who have good intentions, peacemakers and persecuted people (vs. 1-10). And if that doesn’t include all of us, He goes on to say we are blessed when people insult us, persecute us, and falsely say all kinds of evil against us because of our belief in Him (v. 11). So why would anybody think God doesn’t love her or him?
When I was a new Christian, I knew a man who was in prison for killing his wife’s lover. A “crime of passion,” people called it. But that man wrote to me and told me he knew he would go to heaven because, even though he was a criminal doing his time, he had asked for and received God’s forgiveness. Period. We are all saved by grace and we are all loved equally by God. Any questions?
Saving Lord, we thank You that You did all the bleeding so we could be perfect and holy and redeemed. Amen