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God’s Love

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgIf there is one thing I’m naturally good at – it is knowing what is fair. I have an inner sense – an ability – to know what is fair and what is not fair. I can remember telling other children – that making rules up as the game went along – is not fair (like hits over the right field fence in the backyard are outs – only because they all hit right-handed and I hit left-handed – you’ll have to understand a little baseball to get that one.)

When we were children – I remember coming up with the idea – not an original idea I’m sure – when we were splitting an apple or piece of pie – for one to cut and the other one getting to choose which piece they wanted.

Andy Stanley once said that he told his children as they were growing up that life isn’t fair – that fairness ended in the Garden of Eden. Theologically – he was correct. Fairness – theologically – is that we would all be headed to hell on our own merit. We’re told in Scripture that we all have sinned. Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We’re told in Scripture that what we have earned from our sin is death – yet the gift that God gives us – undeservingly – is life – even eternal life. Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Today’s passage says – God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Let’s take a peek at this passage in partial context. Romans 5:1–11 – 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

God’s love is amazing – giving us grace and mercy when we deserve punishment and hell! God’s love is what we are to model – marriage and in life.  A favorite passage for weddings is this section of 1 Corinthians which expresses God’s love.  1 Corinthians 13:4–8a – 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 7, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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