What is Uncommon Love?

First observe. Take a few minutes to watch this (non-musical) Les Miserables clip where Jean Valjean (Pre-“Taken” Liam Neelson) beats and steals from a priest and encounters uncommon love when he least expects.

So this is uncommon love. We are obsessed with having to prove ourselves, be right, hide weakness, and obscure our darkness. We have a tendency to see ourselves on the side of the good and the right side of history. But what if all of us are in the wrong. What if our broken dark hearts were revealed? What if there is a God who is perfectly good, sees this, and loves us anyways, and more than that, treats us as lovely, good, and noble.
This what we have in Jesus and we call this mercy. In one of the letters found in the New Testament, we see this written:

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:6-8; the Bible, New International Version

We see that God’s love for us shines the greatest when we are at our worst. Like the priest in Les Miserables, Jesus takes the justice hovering over us upon his own shoulders, liberates us from fear and evil, and gives us new life. We know different kinds of love, but this kind of love is uncommon: God’s goodness for our badness for free.

Next Steps

If you want to explore uncommon love more and discover how this can change your life just send short text message to (505) 613-6705 with your name and the words “uncommon love”.
If you just want to join us on a Saturday at 4 PM. You can be confident that you will not be judged and we will make every effort love and respect you no matter you who you are.
If you want a short prayer to mediate on, here is one we have found helpful:

Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but, through you, I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment and offering forgiveness. I turn from my sin and receive you as Savior. Amen