Not performance based love

By Dave Henning / July 3, 2024

“The ability to love someone despite what they have done . . . is rare.  Yet Jesus shows us over and over in the Gospels that He loved people not because of what they did or didn’t do . . .  He didn’t love them because of who they were.  He loved them because of who He was.  There is something profound about a love that is not performance based.  True love doesn’t give grades.”- Mark Batterson

Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.”  And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and from now on sin no more.”- John 8:10-11 (ESV)

Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 8 of A Trip around the Sun with a memorable moment from his high school days in Naperville.  On the way to one of his basketball games, Mark took a sharp left turn and cut off a car coming in the opposite direction.  One of those cars, he quips, with lights and a siren.

As a result, Mark ducked down some side roads, hoping to lose the police officer.  But that attempt failed, and Mark received a $100 ticket.  So, as a ‘caring’ son, he neglected to inform his parents.  Except that the police department sent a copy of the ticket to his parents.

One evening, after Mark’s basketball team mounted a 23-point comeback in the last five minutes, his father approached him on the court.  And he said . . .  that he would pay Mark’s ticket.  No recriminations!

In conclusion, Pastor Batterson cites one of the core values of National Community Church: love people when they least expect it and least deserve it.  Then he applies that core value to Jesus’ encounter with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).

Mark stresses:

“The only One who had a right to pick up a stone and throw it was the One who came to her defense and loved her when she least expected it and least deserved it. . . .  [Jesus] changed her death sentence into a new lease on life.  Not only did she not have to die, but He offered her a new way to live.”

Today’s question: When have you experience love that’s not performance based?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “An indelible imprint on our souls”

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