5 Love does not behave rudely.
1 Corinthians 13:5
Two lifelong business partners butted heads right until they were parted by death. When a reporter asked the surviving partner to comment on his colleague’s death, he remarked, “My mother often told me to say something good about the dead. He’s dead. Good!”
The Greek word for “behave rudely” is aschēmoneō which means “behaving unbecomingly or unseemly”. It’s about having a callous thought about someone, and saying it to them. When God made you, He couldn’t have made you any better than making you in His image (Genesis 1:27). It’s the best compliment God could have given you. He called us “good” right from the start. The word “good” in Hebrew is tov which means “blessed, excellence and valued”.
The Apostle Paul tells us that nothing, not even death, can separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:38). God affirms His love to make you feel secure in His love. Don’t believe for a moment that God loves you less because of troubled times. He will not behave rudely towards you. He may stretch you but He will never do anything to hurt you.
You originated from God. You belong to Him.
When you were lost in sin, Jesus came to redeem you.
The word “redeem” means “to buy back what originally belonged to you”. Imagine a father searching for his lost son who was sold as a slave. To be reunited with his son, he has to “buy back” his son. This act of “buying back” is redemption. The father didn’t value his son less because he was a slave. He was always a son in spite of being a slave.
God is clear about your identity even if you are not — and by redeeming you from sin, He is restoring you to the true image and likeness as God intended you to be.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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