But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7.
Subtly, so subtly, we refuse to believe this. I refuse to believe this. Surely love does not depend on God alone!
I don't believe this without reminding myself of it, and I haven't been reminding myself of it. I've sinned too much. Maybe before I failed in that area I had a shot at God's love, but now he probably just hides his face in embarassment whenever my name is mentioned. And it's not just the sin I've sinned, what about the sin I now know I'm capable of committing?
But who am I to insult God? Do I really think his grace is a puddle that only covers a little bit of sin? His Son's death covers the deepest sin, the most debilitating shame, the most horrendous evil. Does he only save a little or the whole? These verses say the whole.
God's mercy is great because his love is independent of me. He loves me because he loves me. I was dead in my sins - nothing but gunk, and dead so long I stunk - and yet he loved me to literal death, to give me literal life with Christ.
And raised, but to what? Slavery? Drudgery? Grovelling servility? No! To sonship in the Son. To kingship with the King. To heaven with the man who came down from heaven.
And what then? God will display his grace-that-ignores-all-limits in kindness to us in Christ Jesus, age after age after age after never-ending age.
Can such mercy, based on such love, resulting in such grace, be thwarted by any sin I am capable of sinning? No! It doesn't even come into the equation! God loves because God loves and Jesus' death and resurrection and glorification catches me up in that love and takes me along for the eternal ride. No matter what sin, I belong to him.
No matter what sin, I belong to him.