People are, by nature, judgmental.
Go to a car dealership, and the experienced sales guy at the front door will prequalify you before he ever shakes your hand. Based on the clothes you wear, the car you currently drive, and the time of day you arrive on the lot, he will have already determined (in his head) whether or not you’re an interested buyer & whether or not you have decent credit. If you are worth his time, he’ll step forward and greet you with a smile. If you’re not worth his time, he’ll nod and keep smoking his cigarette.
This how the whole world operates, unfortunately. It starts in elementary school, and gets worse the older you get. It happens with college admissions, sports tryouts, job interviews, personal relationships, MOM groups, and even in the CHURCH!
In this world, you get prequalified, prejudged, & labeled – and you have to work so hard to even be worthy of acceptance.
People literally discredit you before you even get the chance to prove yourself.
In Romans 5:8, Paul tells us God demonstrated His love for us this way: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He didn’t just accept us before he met us, he LOVED us even when we were unlovable and at our worst. Gods love is not conditional. It is not based on anything we have done or could ever do for Him. Each of us, through faith, can have the opportunity to enter into a relationship with Jesus and experience peace with God, hope in every situation, and eternal life.
God is different than the sales guy. He’s different than the coach, the admissions counselor, the potential employer, the church goer, the self-centered, so called “friend.”
He literally loves you to the fullest before you even get a chance to prove yourself.