Do you view yourself as a wonderful person? If you are inclined to say yes, what standard are you using to come to that conclusion? Being loved, is one of our most basic needs. If we are loved, we often conclude we must be wonderful. Pets, especially dogs, love us unconditionally. Unconditional love transcends the matter of whether we are a good person or not. These special creatures are models of God’s love.
Thankfully, God’s love is not predicated on whether or not we are a good person.
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation…So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:7-9, 11 NLT
Only human. This quote accurately portrays humans as imperfect beings vulnerable to failure. As we travel through life, it is clear that some of these human failures can be devastating. Thankfully, relationships we have made with others as we journey provide the necessary framework needed to make forgiveness and restoration possible. In matters with eternal consequences, it is a personal relationship with God, not a membership in religious institution that provides authentic hope for forgiveness and restoration of the human soul.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT
I’m going to post two dog quotes this week since I was unable to post one last Thursday. This quote is one of my favorites and will be featured in the opening pages of my book.