One of my friends posted something on her Facebook wall which said: "Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy." That, as these sort of things often do, made me stop and think. Is it true? Does it reflect what Jesus said? Does it teach me anything, or shed new light on anything I already know?

The first thing that struck me is that God loves us 'without stopping to inquire whether or not we are worthy' - because, by His standards, we aren't!

…There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… Romans 3:22-23

That's all of us. Hitler, Stalin, Mother Theresa, Genghis Khan, Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, your granny, Al Capone, the Pope, the Apostle Paul, you and, most definitely, me. None of us are or were, fundamentally, any different, if the scripture above is to be believed. In our eyes, there are what we might term 'degrees of sinfulness' - we don't like to think of our grannies or the vicar in the same breath as Adolf Hitler, or to place them in the same category - that of sinner. But, from the perspective of God Almighty, that is the case. It may not seem fair to us - but that is, I suggest, because we don't really understand the breadth and depth of the gulf which sin, any sin at all, creates between us and God.

Death and Resurrection


I saw this dead leaf, with a catkin above, at Leighton Moss this morning, and it made me think about death and resurrection - new life bursting forth from something dead, or apparently so - so I thought I would post it here, for you to ponder.

...listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2: 22-24

Copyright Phil Hendry, 2022