It’s hard for us to love people when they’ve hurt us and when they don’t deserve it. Because it’s just not fair!
But look at Jesus. Jesus loves people he shouldn’t love. He doesn’t love us only when we treat him well. He doesn’t love us only when we have our act together. He doesn’t love us only when we deserve it. The Bible says,
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Was that fair? Of course not! But by definition, grace isn’t fair. It doesn’t make sense. And that’s the point!
If you want to love like Jesus, you can’t limit the people you love.
- You can’t love only those who treat you well.
- You can’t love only those who have their act together.
- You can’t love only those who deserve it.
Why? Because the ground is level at the foot of the cross. Jesus loved you even when you didn’t treat him well, even when you didn’t have your act together, even when you didn’t deserve it. And he calls you to love others not according to what they’ve done to you but according to what Jesus has done for you.