Thursday, December 8, 2016

I loved you at your darkest

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

- Romans 5:6-8 (NIV)

I know it is still too early to talk about the death of Christ since we're still in the advent season but this verse has been on my mind lately and as we prepare and rejoice for the coming of Christ, I believe it is also important that we reflect about the ultimate reason why He has to be born as an ordinary man.

Love... let's not focus on His death right now but instead let's reflect on the extraordinary kind of love that God has for us.

We are powerless. We are ungodly. We are sinners.

We wanted to be saved. We try our best to take control of our lives but sometimes we fail. It's very disappointing and humiliating to give our best, to offer everything that we could but still end up losing. We become helpless, vulnerable and incapable.  We are weak. We are powerless.

Our time is also confusing. Most of us are becoming self righteous. We preach love, peace, respect and forgiveness but we couldn't practice it to those who are against our opinion and beliefs. We become our own gods. We are ungodly.

Even though we try our best to become good, we often fail in how we act, how we think, what we say and what we do. We fail to do what is right through our thoughts, deeds and words. We are sinners.

And yet, with all these ugliness in our hearts, during the darkest moments of our soul, Jesus came for us. You'll know how much someone matters to you by what you are willing to give up for them. How much do we matter to God? So much He gave up His only Son to lead us, to save us, to bring us back to the right path.

Pink Church in Vietnam

His amazing, one of a kind love could sometimes leave us doubting. We find it difficult to see anything special about us that would make us feel worthy of this kind of love. God's ability to love us doesn't depend on us but it is His character. God is love. 

The more we become aware of our sins, the more we doubt God's ability to love us. Our sins are poison, it distorts the image of God. It prevent's Him from entering and working in our lives. So He came... to help us heal, to restore us and to wash away our sins.

Through cleansing our hearts and seeing God's love may we learn to strive harder to become good Christians. May the humbleness of God by giving His Son to reach us on our level, sinful man, will be enough to impress us and encourage us to turn away from sinfulness and to love our neighbor more.

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