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All the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around Jesus to listen to him. The Pharisees and legal experts were grumbling, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” – ‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:1-2‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Somewhere, buried with in each of us is this sinking suspicion that we’re not good enough, of not living up to a certain standard of expectation.  Along with that line of thought comes a deep sensation of unworthiness – that we are not worthy of being loved, as if love could be earned.   We fear disappointing our parents, our spouse, our bosses and coworkers, and  our friends.  We care what others think of us.

In stark contrast are the grace-filled actions of Jesus, eating with tax collectors and sinners, demonstrating God’s love for those society had judged unworthy.

I find comfort in this, because God’s love for us isn’t dependent on our actions or worthiness.  God’s love doesn’t wait on our worthiness.  The Lord loves us anyway, no matter what.  That kind of commitment in love is inspiring.

When we do good, God is glorified and proud of us, but when we don’t, which is frequently, God still loves us.

Jesus’ actions show that God’s love for each of us is still alive and well, whether we believe we are worthy or not.

You’re not good enough to earn God’s love, but here’s the grace, God loves you anyway – earned or not.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for loving me anyway.  Amen.

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