July 4, 2024

Paulina De La Fuente
“For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭45‬b-‭48‬ ‭ESV‬‬
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭22‬-‭23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

As the sun rises on us all this morning, these verses are a good reminder of the way God’s love is as consistent, timely, and powerful as the sun. Common grace describes God’s undeserved kindness to all humanity, both believers and unbelievers. The rising of the sun. The rain that nourishes our land. Our time on earth to work and prosper and do “good.” The common understanding that giving and receiving love is key to our very nature as human beings.

As believers, we are called even higher than the common understanding of love. We need the supernatural help and love of God to be able to love one another with “unqualified selflessness” like JD spoke of on Sunday.

Even then, our love for one another falls short (even on our best days) of our Heavenly Father’s love for us (especially on our worst days). The world doesn’t recognize God’s love because it goes against our abilities and strength, and it extends further than what we would say is fair or not.

Today, I hope that the rising of the sun reminds us each of God’s steadfast love for us. A love that consumes and moves us powerfully towards others.