Robert Griffith | 19 August 2023
Robert Griffith
19 August 2023

 

Galatians 1:15  “But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace.”

You may remember the old love ballad by the band called Foreigner called “I want to know what love is.” It is one of their most popular songs. I thought about this song when I read Galatians 1:15.

It is such a glorious fact about the God that I worship that He “set me apart before I was born” and “called me by His grace.” That is a love that I cannot fully understand. It continues to amaze me when I think about how much love that God has for me.

In my earthly reasoning I am sure I love things or people that help me or bring me joy. I love family and friends because they support me and love me even when I am unlovely. Maybe I love riding my Harley Davidson because it allows me to forget about life for a while. Or maybe I love to eat a good meal because it satisfies my taste buds.

What I am trying to say is that the love we show for people and things often bring benefit to us. That isn’t a bad thing necessarily – it just seems to be how our mind works when using earthly wisdom.

That is what is so amazing about this verse and the love of God. God chose me … God loved me … before I was even born. He chose to love me so much even though He knew that I would be a sinner and would often put things and even people before Him. Yet, He choose to love me and give me His grace.

Have you thought about the love of God today? Did you thank Him today for His love and grace in your life? Galatians 1:15 is a verse that humbles me again today. It makes me think of the cross. It makes me think about Jesus dying for me.

Maybe you are different than me and you are able to love someone or something that is not lovely all the time. But I think, if we are honest with ourselves, we all fall short in this area. Yet, God continues to love us in spite of our sin, rebellion, disobedience and indifference.

My prayer is that you will reflect on God’s grace in your life today and be able to show love to those around you and in doing so, bring honour and worship to God.