With No Exception
Today's article appeared in the April 2020 issue of The Gospel News. This January, we are going to feature many of the excellent articles published in The Gospel News over the course of the past year, and we hope you enjoy revisiting them or reading them for the first time.
Jesus died for all of us. Not one of us or some of us, He died for all of us. For the vilest sinner and the most righteous saint. He died for the strong and prominent, and the weakest among us. No one is more worthy of His love than you. No one is less worthy, either.
If we have worked every waking moment of our lives trying to prove our worthiness, it is no more or no less than those who are learning of His Mercy just moments before their passing.
Christ's Love is the great human equalizer.
He does not love men more than women, nor children more than adults. He does not love us more or less based on the color of our skin or any other part of our appearance. He does not love the rich more than the poor, or the most faithful devoted Churchgoer any more than the person addicted to drugs living on the street and cursing His name.
Our value to Him is the same—He loves us all. He died for us all. He has given all of us the opportunity to love and serve Him and the opportunity for eternal life with Him. The Bible makes this very clear in many scriptures, including:
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." (1 John 4:7)
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)
Why then, is it so hard for humankind to feel the same way? Why do we place value on people's lives based on their gender, race, prominence, and financial status? Why is it so easy to look at the weak, sick, or poor and think that they have less worth?
I started a challenge 45 days before writing this, "100 Acts of Kindness in 100 Days." I have learned so many things about myself and other people already. People just want to feel goodness and love. They react so positively to simple acts of kindness, and I have even witnessed them extending an act of kindness upon receiving one from me. People are desperate for positive attention and interaction. At a time in this world where it is acceptable to criticize, judge and persecute people outright, in person and on social media, for all sorts of reasons, a little bit of attention, kindness and love go a very long way.
This Easter, let us remember that the message is not that He suffered and died a humiliating, painful death on the cross, giving His life for some of us, or that He rose from the dead leaving the tomb behind that just WE might have eternal life, but rather that He did this out of great love and kindness for each and every person, each soul, With No Exception.
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