God’s amazing love
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Romans 5:8 (NLT)
‘While we were still sinners’ – these are amazing words. God sent Jesus Christ to die for us, not because we were good enough, but because He loves us. Whenever we feel uncertainty about God’s love for us, we need to remember that He loved us even before we turned to Him. The same love that caused Christ to die for us is the same love that sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide us every day.
When we look at human failure from the vantage point of heaven, and observe man’s callous indifference to God, we should not be surprised if God had determined to eradicate us and abandon humanity altogether. But He did not, because of His love for all humankind, whom he had created. Rather, God’s plan is to redeem us all, dealing with the fundamental problems of sin and death, raising us up to live a new life in Christ.
The essence of God’s amazing love is its sacrificial nature: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17 NKJV). And ‘He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.’ (2 Corinthians 5:15).
We are changed by God’s amazing, sacrificial love, so that those who receive His new life will no longer desire to live a selfish, sinful life, just pleasing themselves: ‘This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins… since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other… if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.’ (1 John 4:10-12.NLT).
Eternal Father, thank you for your amazing love for us. You demonstrated this love by sending your Son, who knew no sin, to save us and so that we, in turn, will live as you live. We give you grateful thanks, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Study by Dennis Payne
About the writer:
Dennis Payne is a deacon in the Central London congregation of Grace Communion International.
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