It’s happened. God spoke to me, through a kids TV show. (Which makes me wonder, how much are we missing of God because we discount all the ways He could talk to us?)
I was watching VeggieTales, Beauty and the Beet, with John. It’s all about Unconditional Love. Loving people who aren’t particularly loveable. And the main character Miribelle said something to the effect of:
“We don’t love others to get something from them. We love because we aren’t perfect and God loves us anyways”
So simple but so deep at the same time.
It just fit right in with what God’s been saying to me, “it’s not about you.”
Loving others isn’t about us. It’s about God. It’s about being obedient and taking a super honest look at yourself and how imperfect you are. Who do we think we are thinking we get to pick and choose who gets our love? Who is deserving of our love…
I read or heard this once (but I cannot remember where!):
“But for the grace of God that could be me.”
Sometimes we act like we saved ourselves…or that because we are somehow superior to others God picked us. God’s grace and mercy are the only things that saved us. Jesus’ sacrifice saved us. Jesus did not choose to follow through with this great act of love because we were deserving…or even because we loved Him back.
And because God loved us WITHOUT us even loving Him back, we must love others.
1 John 4:9-11
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.