Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
On a wintry day, while walking in a parking lot, my 2-year-old son kept heading for every puddle he could find. Again, and again I told him, “No puddles.” Unfortunately, and in total disregard to my directions, he wound up finding the deepest, dirtiest puddle in the parking lot and falling in. KERSPLOOSH! At that moment I wasn’t feeling very warm and fuzzy towards him.
Adam also did exactly what God had told him not to do. When Adam sinned, he wronged God, and God had every right to go His own way, leaving Adam to his own devices. But because of His love, God did not turn His back on man. In fact, God made an incredible gesture to redeem man by sending His Son, Jesus.
Love is not rude and does not seek its own, according to 1 Corinthians 13. My, how God has born this out towards us! When Adam directly disobeyed, God did not react with rudeness or dishonor. Of course, there were appropriate consequences, but God was not nasty or rude. God was not punitive. Instead, God continued to communicate with man and went “out of His way” to redeem man. It was not an easy task for the Father to watch His Son die, but motivated by His concern for us, the Father had the Son stay the course.
Saints, what comfort we can draw from this. It is like a bottle of salve that never runs out or gets old. God is not rude or nasty. He will not dishonor us, and He considers our well-being, even at His own expense. We can trust in His goodness and His concern for us.
“Lord, may I repay your goodness to me with goodness, towards you and others. I want to treat others honorably and to show concern for others above myself.”