I picked up a T-shirt at the thrift store. It says, “Jesus loves you… even if I don’t.” As you might imagine it gets a few smiles, comments, and a variety of reactions. Some immediately relate stating, “ Yeah, I like that… because it’s so true.”
But then the question comes to my mind. There’s a lot of folks that I find it hard to love —and hopefully I’m trying to allow God’s love to shine through me—-it’s just that what comes out of my mouth and my thoughts is not love many times.
Why is this?
Because we Christians are still a work in progress…and if we’re honest we still battle many bad attitudes and actions.
However, we’d still like to witness to our faith. So here we are proclaiming what we believe to be the truth—the absolute truth. And that truth is that Jesus loves you—-there’s no question about that. It’s the truth… no matter how I act or respond. We want that message to get out.
And I guess we want to get another message out. It’s the message that as hard as we Christians try to be so loving and sincere we just fall so short so much of the time.
What’s wrong with us? Why would we act so un-Christlike? Well, there are probably as many reasons as there are Christians. It’s just that we all have areas and attitudes that God is continually working on. In other words, we’re not perfect… yet? No, we will never be perfect. And that is why Jesus came to save us—-why his mercy, love and forgiveness—ought to be so evident in our lives. It’s like we’re saying, “Hey everyone—-I know that this Jesus is real, and that he cares about you, and I want you to know that. I truly am trying to love like Jesus wants me to ….but I’m sure not a perfect example for you to follow.”
So it boils down to the thought, “Hey I found the best thing in my life … and it’s Jesus! He asked me to spread that news, and I deliver his message… even I don’t act like you think I should.
And this brings me to another saying, “Jesus loves me…even if I don’t.”
So what am I saying here? I’m saying, “Hey folks, you know all those times I don’t really do the “completely” right thing. You know all those times I’ve looked down on myself… believing that I’ve failed God in so many ways.
“Well, you know what, that’s true,” the Lord might say. “You really have not led a ‘perfect’ life following and listening to me. Yes, you could have done better. But you know what? I still love you. I’m still reaching out to you. I still love and accept you. And I want you to know that…..beyond anything else you’ll ever discover about yourself. For I love you…even if you don’t.”