Rescued by Love

Do you know you have been rescued by love?

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No Perfect Pedigree

When my boys convinced me it was time to get a new fur baby, my first inclination was to adopt from a local shelter.

Rescued by LoveIn fact we made seven trips to three local shelters over the span of a week in search of the perfect addition to our family. So many of those shelter animals had obvious injuries or illnesses. Most showed signs of abuse or neglect. Some had been abandoned by their owners and others were found in fields fending for themselves. Who knew what baggage they were hiding under those fur coats?

Then, I stumbled upon the solution… golden doodle puppies. Predominantly hypoallergenic and low shedding, very intelligent, good for families, from a reputable breeder, and with all their first shots. They seemed like the perfect fit for our allergy prone and slightly crazy household. Tiny puppies we could train from the start with good habits. Babies who carry no baggage from their previous owners. Sweet innocents checked out by a vet and certified to be free of illness or injury. Perfect!

I was sold.

My boys, not so much.

They insisted we go to the shelter again before checking out the litter.

That’s where my kids fell for Sheldon.

They weren’t interested in seeing my perfect puppies because they had found the one they loved.Rescued

When God sets His sights on us, He isn’t looking for perfect pedigree, either.

He is looking for love.

Maybe you have run away from the family of faith or perhaps the church has hurt you. Maybe you chased sin so far in the wrong direction you don’t know how to get back home. Perhaps you were born to a family without faith and have never heard that Jesus died to save you.

When God sets His sights on us, He isn’t looking for perfect pedigree, either. Click To Tweet

Because of our sin, none of us are without issues. God already knows where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and what has been done to us. But there is no baggage too heavy for God to carry on our behalf. We can never go so far He can’t find us.

Because God loves us, He rescued us.

Just like Sheldon, we get a fresh start at life when we accept God’s gift of salvation through faith.

Just like Sheldon, we receive forgiveness for all our mistakes by the blood of Christ.

Just like Sheldon, we become adopted members of a new forever family by God’s grace.

Just like Sheldon, we have nothing to offer our Savior in return, except our love. To be fair, he throws in a few sloppy, wet, dog kisses every now and then for good measure.

Forgiveness is the Catalyst for Love

Jesus caused quite a scandal when he allowed a sinful woman to anoint His feet with expensive perfume at a dinner party. The Pharisees thought Jesus must not be a prophet if He would even consider letting a woman like her touch Him. After telling a story about a moneylender who forgave the debts of two individuals, Jesus asked the man which one would love more. Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven ( Luke 7:43).”

This woman’s love for Jesus originated in the knowledge of the forgiveness He offered her. Her adoration far surpassed that of all the religious leaders seated at the table who were blinded to the depths of their need for forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the catalyst for love.

Those of us who have had much forgiven have much love to offer. Let us not hold back an ounce of our devotion to The One who has rescued us. We can skip the sloppy wet kisses, but let’s shower our God with love in proportion to that from which He has rescued us.

If you’ve ever had a naughty dog, you won’t want to miss the next post in this series: Encouragement for When You Mess Up.

Dear Father, Thank you for rescuing me from certain death. I offer you my love. Help me to do as Jesus commanded and love You with my whole heart and also to love my neighbors as myself. Forgive me when I stray from Your path and gently lead me back home. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

“For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.”

Psalm 116:8
Rescued by love

Linking Up With

For more encouragement please join the discussion on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne EllerThought Provoking Thursday, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Faith and Fellowship FridayGrace and Truth Friday, Still Saturday, Good Morning Monday, Monday Musings, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His Story, Woman to Woman Wednesday, Women With Intention Wednesday.

20 thoughts on “Rescued by Love

  1. Liz – thanks for sharing a great truth in a powerful metaphor of a testimony. I love that God isn’t looking for us to have the perfect anything – He just loves us and loves us and loves us. …. I am so glad your family has Sheldon and he has a forever family now. #ThoughtProvokingThursday

  2. Love how you were reminded of this truth -from the sweetness and love of your boys and a rescue dog! Thank you for sharing. Amen! I’ll be thinking about this as I spend time with my rescue dog today!

  3. Oh Liz! I’ll have to tell you the story sometime of our labradoodle, Teddy. I went through the SAME thoughts as you, only I gave in to the picture-perfect puppy ideal! I quickly learned there’s no such thing as a perfect puppy:) Poor Teddy wasn’t what we expected, but we loved him just the same. God taught us a great lesson through it, as well. I can try to create the perfect plan and make everything just-so, but God wants me to give complete control to Him. Teddy is now almost 12, and a sweet reminder of God’s amazing patience with me:) Blessings friend!

  4. Hi Liz, I followed you over from your comment on my post at God-sized Dreams. Nice to “meet” you! I love the connection you made here with Sheldon’s story and our story with Jesus. We adopted a kitten from the local shelter this past summer and I think in ways, she rescued us by love too. 🙂 All in God’s perfect plan!
    Blessings,
    Laura

    1. Thanks for clicking your way over here! I have said the same about Sheldon rescuing us… but you’ll have to check out tomorrow’s post to see what happens when he misbehaves!

  5. Liz,

    I smiled at how your family adopted Sheldon and the analogy of how God loves us despite our baggage….Such grace and love from our gracious God 🙂 Glad I linked up behind you at J. D. Lee’s blog 🙂

  6. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly
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