Jesus loves us in many ways and for many reasons, but ultimately He loves us for the same reason we love Him. He loves us because of who we are. We are His Father’s children, created in His image to love and be loved. No amount of sin can hide this fundamental truth.
An older man in the church family I serve frequently reaches out to other men going through difficult seasons in their lives. I had a conversation with him not long ago about a man who had betrayed the trust of his loved ones in ways that are nearly unmentionable. The older man said, “I am going to see if there is anything we can salvage in his life. There doesn’t appear to be much there, but I know there is something.”
Anyone who has met the Lover of our souls always knows there is “something” left. I am reminded of the statement by Mama to her daughter Beneatha in “A Raisin in the Sun”. Beneatha’s brother Walter made a mistake that threatened the family’s future. Mama said, “There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.”
It doesn’t matter who you are. If you are the one in need of love, there is something left. If you are the one showing love, there is something left. With my apologies to my English teacher friends, “There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” Such is the attitude of the Lover of our souls.