If I am being honest, I have a love/hate relationship with this verse. In fact, I am not even sure that I want it to be true. Because if it is true, then there is a whole lot of grace and acceptance shown to those that I don't feel deserve that sort of grace, patience, love and acceptance.
In many regards, I have the older brother mentality from the Prodigal Son Parable. For so long, I have done almost everything right. I should be the one who has a growing career, I should be making more money, I should have the nice house and car and etc..
Apparently, having it all together is not a condition for God to accept us. In fact, most Jesus' parable unveil God to be constantly overgenerous in displaying love, and forgiveness and grace.
This sort of love showcases a God who completely flips our ideals of justice and fairness upside down. It shakes up our long-held views of morality. It agitates the Pharisee in us.
How are we supposed to deal with a God whose love forgives us rather than lays out a list of consequences for our actions? How are we supposed to take a God seriously who hands out forgiveness without us having to do specific things? Or live a specific way?
The love of God is not based on anything, and it is because of this that it is never going to fail us. If it were grounded in a certain way we did things, or spoke, or thought…. then we would all be jacked within a very short time. Unfortunately, many of us do not believe this truth… And tragically, we live in such a way that denies this truth. And it spills out into our friendships and relationships and neighborhoods. That is why many people who do not follow Jesus see it as a list of rules and habits that we must keep.
However, the love of God is exactly the opposite.
That is what makes the God of Christianity different than all of the rest. It's not about rules… It's about His relentless grace, love and patience pounds on us like driving rain on desert hearts.
This is so different than the way that we naturally love. I tend to love the things that don't rattle me up. People who don't disagree with me very often. I am prone to be more patient to people who agree with me. However, it is the nature of God to love, so He does it. He cannot limit it or suppress it when He feels like it. It transcends cultures, and colors, and political thoughts and parenting styles, etc….
Jesus lives for those who have no love. He's kind to those who used to love, but forgot how to anymore. He died so that his accusers and murderers would live. He does not love us to the level that we deserve. If that were true, we would be royally screwed. However, He loves…. Because He is not able to do anything other than that.
Let's stop trying so hard…... it will never change anything anyway.