I just took a beginning assessment test for my critical reasoning abilities for a program I’m starting to help me clep out of college courses while I’m still in high school. And the results are in…and I got…a…58% average for 4 different categories. Woo-hoo. Not.
There are few things I can’t stand more than failing on a test, because I take school and all the study seriously. So, to make it worse, if it’s in math or science, I’ll have to go back and redo the chapter until I can pass the test again. Our school motto is “Mastery.” It can be good and bad sometimes.
So, when discussing the results with my mom, the topic came up about their love for me not being related to performance. How a parent’s love is unconditional. And then she tied that into God’s unconditional love for us. I had heard that a million times before but it really connected this time. Think about it. God created us, and then right after telling us all that we could do and a couple things not to, we disobeyed. “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?“ -Jeremiah 17:9 NIV.
None of us are perfect. We have all sinned: “Therefore, just as sin entered the worldn through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” -Romans 5:12 NIV
And as a result, we deserved eternal death: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.“ -Romans 6:23
But this is where it gets crazy: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“ -John 3:16 NIV. The SON of GOD died so we can have fellowship with Him.
It’s a gift for us to accept. Not by works. But by faith only. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9
All of this came to my mind seconds after what my mom said. And she’s right. It’s unconditional love. We did not deserve it. We can’t give anything that’s worthy of Him. Yet, Christ gave His all for us.
And salvation is completely free to those who believe in His atoning death on the cross. No more, no less. However, the result of such a price is that we must accept Him or we cannot have fellowship with Him because He is holy and we need His blood to cover us. If we don’t have that, we will spend eternity apart from Him. “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.” -Hebrews 2:3
The love of God is amazing. And we must accept His free gift of eternal life. I did. Have you?
What is your favorite attribute of God?