27th June 2011

I Like You Anyway!

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
Romans 5:8 (NLT)

I was sitting with my five year old grandson colouring in pictures companionably together.  He was colouring his and I was colouring another.  I looked up and, meaning to give him a compliment and encouragement, I said, “You’re doing a great job and staying in the lines better than I am.  I am getting old and my eyes do not see as well as they used to.”  He looked up and then continued colouring, saying, “That’s alright, Grandma, I like you anyway!”

Out of the mouth of babes…  Adults often say they like things, just to be polite, when they don’t really—this is delicious, it looks great, you’re too kind.

On the other hand, we love our children despite their misdemeanours and get very defensive if anyone else points out their bad behaviour.  We love them so much we wish we could take their pain for them.

God feels like this about each of us.  In fact, he did send his Son, Jesus Christ, to take our pain, our sorrows and our sins upon himself.  And while we were still sinners, as the lead scripture says!

We don’t have to wait until we stop sinning, or until we are ‘good’ to come to him, to attend church or to feel like a ‘good Christian’.  We can come to him, praise him, worship him, thank him, and he will lead us into righteousness, because he ‘likes us anyway’!

I pray the words of one of my favourite hymns:  “Lord, I come to you.  Let my heart be changed, renewed, flowing from the grace that I’ve found in you.  And Lord, I’ve come to know, the weaknesses I see, in me, will be stripped away in the power of your Love.”

Study by Nancy Silcox

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