The dog limped next to her owner, clinging to his side. She still bore the scars of a heroic action from several months earlier. The dog, seven months old at that time, pushed her owner, a ten-year-old boy out of the way of an oncoming truck, taking the impact herself. The story was posted on a popular social media site, and it was followed by the inevitable tagline. “We don’t deserve pets.”
There are numerous sites dedicated to the unselfish actions of pets for their owners. Tear jerking stories. Heart warming. If the love of an animal can evoke such deep feelings within us, shouldn’t the love of God stir even greater passion within us? Indeed. Our pets are a beautiful representation of God’s unconditional love for us. He gives us this love so that we may turn from our sins and live the life that He created us to have.
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Romans 2:4 (NLT)
We don’t deserve pets.
There is some truth in this because we don’t deserve God’s love. No one does. We can only accept it by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. God proved His love for us by dying on the Cross, taking the punishment for our sins upon His broken Body. He freely gave this love to us so that we may freely receive it and become redeemed by His sacrifice.
Praise God for His grace and mercy for all who place their faith in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.