They still allow toilet paper of different colors in France. One can choose just the right shade to coordinate with your bathroom decor! Our white-only choices seem boring by comparison. Recently, we in North America have gone from talking about toilet paper shortages to heated discussions regarding color. As important as this dialogue is, there is one even more important; what color is our soul?
Today’s well-known verse declares that God loves His creation. He loves the world and His offer of salvation is inclusive to “whoever believes.” As divided as mankind is, the need for forgiveness through God’s Son is a need that we all share. The value He places on each of us individually is so high that He was willing to sacrifice Jesus so we could be with Him for all eternity. Deep down in every human is a soul that is colorless in that we have the exact same need of salvation. The ground before the cross is level. No one is more deserving than another despite race, economic advantage or educational background.
This is a truth that changes how I view others. Because of God’s undeserved grace to me, I can extend this same grace to others. There is no sin too grievous for Him to forgive. When violating even one of God’s laws I am guilty of all (James 2:10). This is the way we are all the same, needing His forgiveness and grace. I do not want to focus on what separates us but rather on what unites us all in our shared need for Him!
Lord, thank you for Your all-inclusive love.