My Dog Jinx isn’t evil she’s just very high strung and a tad bit crazy. She’s young so we give her the benefit of the doubt, well at least I do. When we adopted her the first thing Dorothy said to me was…
“That dogs evil looking… she will be nothing but trouble.”
Well we got her anyways, even after being told she was a bit high strung and had a few “behavioural issues”.
So the other night while writing an email I mentioned something about Jinx and earlier today I recalled it while reading.
In the email I wrote that we adopted her as family knowing full well her past and concerns for her behaviour. The more we love her and the more we work with her the more improvement we see in her. However, we love her regardless simply cause of the Dog she is. The kids fell in love with her the first day.
So after a bit of thought I realized this is how God relates to us. He has accepted and loved us regardless of who we are. We spend so much time trying to measure up to what we think God expects of us that we forget he loved us while were still sinners.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Why do we spend so much time following dead religion based on law and death?
Why is it that we try to make ourselves acceptable to God when we never had to in the first place?
Why is it that we fail to see that we change and become new creations in Christ not because of what we do to earn his favor and grace .. but because of a direct result of his love and grace.
Jinx is loved cause of who she is — not because of what she does or doesnt do… she’s bad and at times she’s really bad. But we love her unconditionally .. we discipline her from time to time ( ok daily ) but that never changes the fact that she is loved and is part of our family.