I was looking at a friend’s photos and saw a picture of her brother. I know this man to be rebellious, a drug addict, and that he abandoned his children. My initial response was one of disgust, but as soon as that feeling came it was replaced by a sense of love for him and a desire to pray for him that overwhelmed me. God overruled my flesh and poured out the love He has for this man into my heart! It was so incredible. It was like the Lord gently rebuked me and then said, “Here, let me tell you how much I love this man. I died for him and he is not beyond the reach of my mercy.” Except He didn’t say it in words so much as He just impressed it on my heart very suddenly, and I understood. He then poured out of my mouth a prayer that bolstered my faith in God’s ability to save this man whom God loves.
God is amazing! I guess when you ask Him to make you love what He loves, He answers! God loves people. That’s why Jesus died. Who am I to decide someone is too bad to receive God’s love???? I am no better than this man. I need God’s grace no less than he. Lord, help me to love as You love. Increase my faith in your ability to save.