Jesus did controversial things.
Forgiving people. Healing people.
You might think ‘Why is doing nice things controversial?’
Well, we don’t quite know where being loved puts us and leaves us. It’s sort of like a great wonky wind that blows in and unbalances us, but we are still stood in the same place. You might say to yourself ‘Did it really happen?’ though you know things are not the same.
We are easily offended. Sometimes we need to be, to realise we are not open to being loved.
God’s love is an offensive love. I don’t mean it is unpalatable and negative – I mean it intentionally engages you. It takes the initiative.
We love him, because he first loved us.