Loving the Lost
Loving the souls of others is costly. It is an endeavor of loving the unloveable, the unloved, and the loveless. Jesus’ purpose in His seeking of the lost is most assuredly the glory of God displayed in His fidelity to the Father, and His love for the souls of man. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke19:10
Phenomenal love, different from anything mankind knows, is the love of The Creator for His creation. What makes the love of God for His creation so special is that He loves the unloveable and loveless. Grace is extended to mankind when mankind not only rebelled, but lovelessly pursued their own glory apart from the Father. Even in mankind’s rebellion, God mercifully-graciously-longsufferingly pursues those whom He purposes to make His own.
In His life lived upon the earth Jesus displayed a great love for the souls of man. John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus gave His life, for the unloveable according to the world’s standards. Luke 5:32, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
This manner of love can only be expressed in the parables in Luke 15, verses 8–10 give a good indication of the diligence the Savior gives to those who are His, “…what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Christ’s love leads others to love like Christ. Where is your heart for the souls of mankind? Do you love the unloveable, unloved, and loveless in Christ Jesus?