God pursues each of us with a love that never ends.
(Listen to my song “God Is” on YouTube by clicking HERE)
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’”
Jesus told a number of stories to depict the character of God.
In the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus doesn’t say that if one sheep wanders off that the owner would say, “Forget about that one. He screwed up. He deserves to be lost.”
Jesus shows us the face of a compassionate God who would not be okay with even one person being lost.
Each of us has experienced a time or two (or more!) when we did something that we weren’t proud of.
Take heart in knowing that God isn’t looking to punish you…but to save you.
That’s the difference between retributive justice and restorative justice.
God wants us all to be restored to wholeness and oneness with all.
It’s not about your goodness earning God’s love.
It’s about God’s goodness poured out to us without conditions.
That changes everything.
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Remember…God loves you!