“Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Tit. 2:13-14 NKJV).
As I lie on the beach, listening to the waves and soaking in the sunshine, my mind turns to the oceanic Divine love that was made incarnate among us because God yearned for you. He didn't yearn for the you on your best behaviour, nor the you you show on FaceBook, but the you that you hide from everyone.
We find ourselves drowning in “lawless deeds” but we have been rescued by the “God and Saviour Jesus Christ” because of His great love whereby He has loved us (Eph. 2:4).
Jesus has made us “His own special people” not because we are lovely, but because He is lovely. He loves us totally and completely but He hates our sin which is why He separated us from our sins. Jesus took our sins to the Roman cross. He loves us that much.
Our sins have been completely dealt with, once and for all. The sins of the past, the sins of the present and the sins of the future have been dealt with when we turn to Jesus to be forgiven. “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10).
We tend to put God within a human framework but we can’t. God’s mercy and love exceeds anything we can think of.
Our small thoughts of God’s heart echo throughout the Bible. Bible character after Bible character is confronted by the grace of God, perhaps none more so than Jonah. He was reluctant to tell the people of Nineveh to repent because he didn’t believe they were good enough for God’s mercy. He tried to run away to escape his Divine commission to these people, but in the process we learned that God is ever merciful to even the most undeserving of sinners.
Today, repent of your small thoughts of God’s heart. Let the merits and mercy of Jesus Christ wash over you. Let Him love you.