“But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” vs. 8
It’s hard for us to truly believe that we are loved…even by those who are closest to us. Though they tell us again and again that we are precious and dear to them, there’s a little voice within that says, “Really? I don’t think so.” And if we have stuff on our conscience, things that we’ve done a great job of hiding, those feelings of unworthiness are even stronger. Sometimes we even have a hard time believing that God loves us, especially since God knows all the secret stuff we can sometimes keep hidden. But God’s love for us is the gospel…and Paul even ramps it up a bit by saying that the proof of the love is that when we still were sinners Christ died for us. That’s a pretty radical statement. Just imagine for a moment what it would be like for a friend to purposely die on your behalf. We’d likely be overwhelmed with gratitude, and the best of us would determine to live each day in a way that would give our friend’s sacrifice meaning. But somehow it’s hard to think of Christ’s death with that same degree of appreciation. Maybe it’s because we’ve heard the words so often that they’ve become religious background noise. At any rate, we tend not to have a sense of grateful appreciation for each new day. But what if we did? Chances are that daily thanksgiving would make a difference and we might even become more loveable!
Thought for the Day: For whom would you be willing to die?