As many know I live in St. Augustine, FL. It is more than just a nice name for a city it was actually named after a real person. People still quote St. Augustine to this day. This morning I came across this…Saint Augustine said,
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
As Christians live in God’s love qnd mature we realize that this is true but all too often I have come across religious groups who act as if they are the only ones that God loves.
Some think that God plays favorites but the truth is He loves all of us the same. He loves the saint as much as He loves the sinner.
On the cross He pleaded to The Heavenly Father to forgive those who not only didn’t believe but were putting Him to death.
When people quote Saint Augustine saying, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
Some may believe that God loves only those who love Him.
That is not what St. Augustine was saying and it us definatly not what God’s word says.
The history of when foreigners (people from the old world) arrived in the city now called Saint Augustine is very sad, dark & depressing. We have an amazingly huge cross where they landed & performed the first mass. The sad thing is that it is also the sight where if you didn’t convert to Catholicism you were put to death. The people from the old world considered those already living in what we know as Florida now as foreigners and as they set up shop they demanded allegiance to their king and country. Some how they honestly believed the honorable thing to do was convert or kill. They had the same word of God that we have today but in the name of Jesus Christ and their political leader they literally slaughter anyone who would not convert to their religious beliefs.
Religious wars exist to this day. How can we claim we are Christ like (Christians) following Christ example and yet not love sinners as He loved them?
The devotional thought I read this morning (http://bible.com/r/12S) reminded me that God’s love is for all humankind—and for each kind of human.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 ESV
The day I found out that my son died I was reading & studying Romans 8, not even death can seperate us from the love of God. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35-39 ESV
May we continually seek the truth about God. Don’t listen to the lies and rumors and what people say about Him. As we read His word and develop a personal relationship with Him the more we will see Him for Who & How He really is, regardless of the assumptions and false religious philosophy.
I just finished day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan The Lies We Believe About God. Check it out here:
Remember God love the world (the whole world) so much that He gave His only son so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).