Do you know that you were loved in your most unlovable moments? Do you know that God loved you even when you couldn’t love yourself? Has the weight of that truth ever worked its way into your soul?
You were loved in the exact time when you were the most difficult to love.
God loved you when you hated Him (or when you were coolly indifferent to Him).
He loved you when you pulled a Jonah and sailed in the opposite direction.
He loved you before you surrendered your life to Him and began morphing into who you are today.
He loved you in your confusion, your brokenness, and your shame.
He loved you when you cheered for the wrong sports team (sorry Clippers fans).
God loved you when you were far from Him. That’s what Romans 5:8 is all about. It says, “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
If those words are true, how have they affected our closest relationships? Do we love our loved ones in their less-than-lovely moments? Or do we only love them until those moments?
Certainly, it’s easier to love our loved ones when they’re modeling all of the things that we love best about them, but what about when the other stuff peeks through? What about those times when their lesser nature flares up? Do we love them still?
We don’t have to love their lesser nature, and we certainly don’t have to endorse what they do with it, but I hope we have enough of God’s love in us to continue loving even when it’s difficult to love.
Indeed, those are probably the only moments when love can truly be called love.