I recently flew in a plane. I had a hard time NOT staring out the window! I had my eyes so glued on the landscapes below, amazed at the perspective, like looking at a map, only it was real life. I could see rivers and lakes. I could see beaches. I could see building, houses, and highways. I could see cars at times, but I really could not see any people - we were too far away. However, going 600 miles an hour overhead, we passed a lot of people in a short amount of time. Mere specks that couldn't be seen with the naked eye when 34,000 feet up in the sky.
Think of all the people in the entire world, and doesn't it make you feel even smaller? And yet God made Himself of no reputation to become as one of us, in human form, to join us specks. Philippians 2:7-8: "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." He paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us by dying on a tiny cross that satisfied the debt we all owed with our lives for eternity. Yes, the law was that unless someone could pay the debt that sin brought upon us, we would remain spiritually dead for eternity. Jesus volunteered, and took our place since He was the only One qualified to do so. All we have to do is accept Him and thank Him for His free gift.
Yet our stubborn pride gets in the way. We forget the simple truth in all of this, the truth that is there once we clear out all the complexities and messiness of our lives: God really does love us. There is hope and peace for me. There is hope and peace for you. Makes no difference who you are, what you've done, what a mess you've made of your life, or what a mess others have made of your life. What's important is who Jesus is, what He's done, and the miraculous healing and order and peace He can bring to your life. Yes, Jesus loves you. You can say with confidence, "Jesus loves me. God loves even me." Say it until you believe it. It's true, and it's wonderful!
How will we know that we have truly embraced God's love? It will shine through us unto others. Be a blessing this Thanksgiving. Not only thank God for His unconditional love, but show some forth to others God loves. Who does that include? Who doesn't that include?
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation [which means the turning away of the wrath of God by an offering] for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.