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Tue, Jul 04 2006 - 06:42 AM

Loving the Unlovely

I should post something patriotic... Instead let me post these thoughts (continuing the theme of love) which I wrote down about three weeks ago:

It is so easy to love the lovely, the beautiful, the unblemished, the whole, the righteous.

It is harder and there is great personal risk in loving the unlovely, the scarred, the blemished, the broken, the sinful. Yet that is what the King of Glory, Eternal, Almighty, All-Powerful, All-Knowing, Creator God has done. He condescended to divest of His glory and become like His lowly creation. He did so in order to love His creation with the greatest possible love: to die so that others might live. He knew beforehand that many, many would reject His love. Yet He went ahead and sacrificed all that He had and gave up His life even for the few unlovely, scarred, blemished, broken sinners who would see, understand and appreciate His love.

What awesome love! What an amazing acceptance of personal risk! The shame. The scorn that had to be endured to love the unlovely! Yet He gave up everything in order to do just that, knowing ahead of time that many would reject His love.

How disturbing it is that we find it nearly impossible to love the unlovely even when we have seen such a perfect example - and when we, ourselves, are the very unlovely ones that our Perfect Example has loved. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift of Love! (2 Cor 9:15)

It is hard, indeed, to love the unlovely.

Will you endure a little ridicule, a little scorn, and love someone unlovely today?

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