Scripture Reading: Romans 5:6-11; 8:37-39
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Unloved, misunderstood, defensive, and on his way to be given over to a kill shelter. That is how Jeremiah, the lab-ish, now adored and greatly loved dog, came into my life. Around three months old, Jeremiah was rescued out of a horrible situation, only to be placed in a home that did not truly welcome him. The owner warned me that the dog often snapped at them, always tried to run away, and seemed to hate most people. He was labeled as the worst dog ever. He simply wasn’t lovable, his family explained. As I drove to meet him for the first time, my mind was made up. I knew no matter what, he was coming home with me. The thought of this poor, unloved puppy being given over to a kill shelter was unbearable. He had experienced so much in his short little life. Surely, he just needed to be rescued. He needed someone to provide him with protection, stability, and unconditional love that would allow him to blossom and reach his greatest potential.
Isn’t that what our Heavenly Father does for us? He seeks out the unloved, misunderstood, defensive, and ones on their way to death. Rescuing and adopting us. No matter what we do, His mind is made up that He is going to love us unconditionally. Even while we were sinners, Christ died for us. There is nothing in us that is deserving of God’s great love. He simply chooses to love us. Through God’s love, He provides us with strength and protection that allows us to blossom and reach our greatest potential – becoming more like Christ.
Will you seek out the heart of Jesus by loving the unloved? Who are some people that God has placed around you that need to feel His love through you? Today, will you be obedient in loving the unloved and misunderstood? After all, that is what Jesus did with us.