God so loved the WORLD (and each one living on it) that He gave up His only Son, Jesus, to die for ALL their wrongs & mistakes and make them whole again. Anyone who believes in Jesus & accepts this love giving gift will become His Beloved, forever.
John 3:16 (paraphrase mine)
Your name’s included.
The truth we try to talk ourselves out of when we think what we did was so terrible, God must have made an exception and excluded us.
Not so, Beloved.
Each person ever’s name is on His love list.
His love is unconditionally offered.
No strings attached.
It just needs to be received.
What good is an engagement ring left in its box in your dresser drawer, never opened.
It would hard to know your fiance loves you if he left your ring to be randomly discovered whenever.
God isn’t like that at all.
His love unconditionally pursues each and every one of us, all of our days.
He takes in the tax collectors, fishermen, rabbi rejects, accountants with hidden agendas, murderers, stutterers, foreigners, prostitutes…those who all have brokenness & great need of Him.
He accepts what they have to bring.
When Mary sister of Martha came & broke the expensive jar of exquisite perfume and anointed Jesus’ feet with it, mixed with her tears? She offered her best to honor the One who not only saved her brother from the grave, but was headed to the cross to take all our sin upon Himself, without condition.
She understood what all those who sat at that same table missed…
Unconditional love deserves unswerving love, offering & devotion in return.
Today, soak in the knowledge that you are included in His plans for this world. Your name is written in His hands, upon His heart and unconditional love glows in His eyes as He looks at you. May you never lose sight of this truth the rest of your days.