1 By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God. 2 Christ has also introduced us to God’s undeserved kindness on which we take our stand. So we are happy, as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God.
Romans 5:1-2, CEV
Have you ever felt unwanted? Maybe coming from a club, or a meeting or even a church. Being undesirable or unwanted will obviously brings a sense of bad feelings. We’ll struggle with bitterness and even a simmering kind of anger. Rejection has a special way of penetrating our thinking like nothing else can. It is a nasty thing.
Those with disabilities are often excluded from many things. We are often overlooked or maybe even shunned. This hurts but we get used to it [sorta]. Often we build robust internal worlds where we belong. But that seems like a poor substitute.
Our faith has made us acceptable to God.
We are suitable only because of what Jesus did for us. Jesus makes a connection between God and us. Jesus picked up all of my sin, shouldered it and then carried it far away from me. He died for my sin , now I will not have to. He took my place, in the ‘greatest mystery’ in the history of man. ‘Why Him, and why me?’
Romans 5:2 develops an idea of getting an introduction to God and His ‘overboard’, extravagant kindness. I’ll let you know right now, I am a big fan of ‘kindness’. There is a goodness that the Father now shows us. He is gracious, gentle and cordial to me as I struggle along. But, more then anything, He is completely kind.
Kindness and tenderness fit precisely together. Both together are quite a force to be reckoned with. But there is one thing more. If we delight in all the kindness shown to us, we need to practice pouring it on others.
A 100,000 tons of kindness has just been detonated on you. Look around you, and then ‘share the wealth’. It’s simple, I have been given a vast amount of kindness for this sole reason– that I might give it away to those around me.