“He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
While my kids love Christmas and I am glad for that, my five year old daughter is crazy about Valentine’s Day. She is jazzed when we start packing up the Christmas decorations because as soon as I cram those into the attic, she is begging for the Valentine’s decorations to hit the house. After we decorate it is like a wild heart shaped monster barfed pink and red all over the house. One of her favorite decorations we have is a board that says “I love you more than ______.” It is designed for us to often change out the last word to indicate that we love each other more than certain things that also get our affection/attention.
This often lends to lots of conversations about how we love each other, not because that love has been earned, but because we choose to love each other better than we deserve.
We can be thankful that God treats us that way. Because of our rebellious and sinful heart we deserve to be separated from Him. We deserve punishment and condemnation, but thank goodness that God does not deal with us according to what we deserve. He does not reward us according to our iniquities. He chooses to treat us better than we deserve and that is the catalytic love that allows us to love others the same. The extravagant love of Jesus on the Cross displays to all of us that He choose to love us more than anything that we could ever imagine. It does not get any better than that and that truth alone should give us reason to celebrate for the rest of our lives.
Question: How does that sit with you that God loves you better than you deserve? What are you going to do about that?
Challenge: You and I have the ability to choose to therefore treat others better than they deserve. Let’s really for it in that area.
Prayer: Lord, you are kind to not give me what I deserve. That is mercy and I am so thankful. You instead pour great love on me and that is grace. Help me to show similar grace and mercy to others.
Mason Randall, Chapel Leader -- Texas Rangers