God Loves Us Even when We are Ugly

June 13, 2016

Romans 5:6-8

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

God Loves Us Even when We are Ugly

Isn’t it wonderful that God didn’t just limit His love and grace to the few us humans that are cute and cuddly?  He didn’t just love us when we loved Him and didn’t withhold His greatest expression of love toward us even when we least deserved or merited it.  

Have you ever been around someone that was hard to love and get along with?  On any given day that could probably apply to any one of us.  We can all have our ugly times and our ugly ways.  Then there are some with which it has become a way of life.  You know the ironic thing is that it is usually with the people that we love the most that we are often the most ugly.   We can be ripping our spouse or children up all-day and then come to a stranger and be perfectly nice and polite.  

Why is that?  Perhaps it is because we feel safe venting our anger, frustration and anxieties upon the ones that we love because we feel we are safe doing it with them.  Maybe it is because the ones we “love” aren’t meeting our expectations or living up to our standards.  Perhaps we feel those loved ones will still love me even when my raw side is showing.  Unfortunately, what was maybe a once-in-a-while bad hair day, can become a habitual bad hair life.  We can become abusive on a continual basis to the ones we should love and respect the most.  It may be our husband, our wife, our children, parents, family or friends.  

There is a great lesson here as we look at God’s love.  We see His love is unconditional and that He did love us in spite of our inward ugliness.  He teaches us to be the same in our love for others.  We see it coming through in the attributes of His Holy Spirit, love, joy, longsuffering, self-control, kindness, goodness, peace, meekness, faith and gentleness.  As His people these attributes should be an ever-increasing part of our lives.  When others are ugly toward us we have to look with the eyes of the Spirit into their hearts and ask why is this person hurting so bad that they treat others this way? Is there anything I can do in Christ to minister and help to heal those inner hurts, wounds and scars?  

In our closer personal relationships perhaps we may be reaping in our loved one seeds of discontent and strife that we have sown by our own actions or insensitivity.  Perhaps we have played a big part in why this loved one has become that not so lovely person.  What do we need to do out of the love of Christ and the love we have for them to change our dynamics toward them to relieve these angry and resentful feelings that they may be expressing?  So often anger and emotion keep us from coming to a resolution of our issues.  Sometimes the expression of our anger and emotion only serve to drive those we love further away from us and cause them to withdrawal.  You will never bring the head of a turtle out of his shell when he knows he is going to get clubbed as soon as He shows it.  We need a truce, a cease-fire and to lay our emotions aside.  We need to reconcile ourselves through the love of God to really hear and respond to the issues of the heart.  Most all of us are creatures of habits and it may be those habits that are a constant source of irritation and dysfunction.  Let us love one another enough to change those habits and behaviors for their sake and to help them become that lovely person again that we once knew.  

What is love?  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”  Let us love one another as God in Christ has so loved us.

Blessings,
#kent

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