w e e k - f o u r t y
'But God demonstrates His own love towards us,
in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.'
r o m a n s 5 : 8
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THE PROOF OF GOD'S LOVEGod proved His love towards us. How? It was not by writing His love in flaming letters across the sky nor by belting His strong voice from heaven expressing His love. The Bible says: "When the fullness of time has come, God, sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law." (Galatians 4:4). Jesus was not some sort of remedial action, a last minute splint for a broken world when everything else had failed. The preparation God had done was staggering. He raised up a Greek nation that took the Green language across the known world so that the gospel could spread without a language barrier. He raised up a Roman empire that built a road system of fifty thousand miles across the world so that the gospel could move from country to country. Yes, it was in the "fullness of time" that Christ came (Galatians 4:4).
Each of us longs to be loved. And God loves us so much that He demonstrated "His own love towards us": He sent His Son. No one on earth has DNA like yours. No one has a thumbprint just like yours. You are an individual loved by the Lord. And the love you can voluntarily return to Him in indescribably valuable to Him.
THE PHENOMENON OF GOD'S LOVE
The phenomenal thing about the love of God is that He expressed it to us not when we were perfect or deserving.
He loved us "while we were still sinners". In fact, "scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love towards us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us" (Romans 5:7-8, emphasis added). Those two little words but God make all the difference.
[...] He came to earth so we could go to heaven. He was forsaken so that we might never be forsaken.
THE PRICE OF GOD'S LOVE
"Christ died for us". Let those words sink in for just a minute.
He died for your death so you could live His life.
He took your sin so you could take His righteousness.
The price Jesus paid to "demonstrate" His love was great.
Every last of the whip, every sound of the hammer, was the voice of God saying: "I love sinners."
As you memorize this verse, meditate on 'the breadth and length and height and depth" of God's love for you personally (Ephesians 3:18). No one else has your DNA. You are an individual, indescribably loved by God!
Let HIM love your today.