God cared for you and wanted the best for you even when you were “without strength” and “ungodly” (Rom. 5:6), and when you were a “sinner” (5:8), and when you were an “enemy” (5:10). God cared for you and wanted the best for you even when you “despised and rejected” Him (Isa. 53:3), and when you “turned” from Him (53:6), and when you caused Him “grief,” “wounds” and even death (53:3, 5, 7-8).
What did we do to deserve such gracious treatment? Not a thing! In fact, we deserved just the opposite! But our benevolent God loved us anyway and gave His very best to us and for us.
In light of His loving care, how do we treat others who do not show us the kindness and respect that we think they should? Do we give them “what they deserve”? Or do we care for them and graciously want the best for them, as our Father does for us? “If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11)!