Let’s say you knew a person that was not a very nice person. Maybe they would lie to other people about you or accuse you of being something that you weren’t. Maybe they would steal from you or spit on you. Maybe they were drunks or sexually deviant, or maybe they were simply just cruel people all the way around. You know the type. Whiskey drinkin’, puppy kickers.
Let’s pretend that you tried to reach out to this person to show them what love and friendship looked like. Maybe you even attempted to help them turn their lives around, but no matter many times you reached out to them, they always threw your acts of kindness back in your face. They mocked you, laughed at you, and called you all kinds of vile names.
Not a very pretty picture, is it?
Now let me ask you this; would you continue to be their friend?
Even a bigger challenge, would you allow yourself to be beaten, tortured, and then killed for this person?
I would have to say that the majority of us would give a big, huge, resounding “NO!” to that question, but believe it or not, that is exactly what the Lord did for us. Check out the verses for today …
Romans 5:6-9 (TLB) says:
“When we were utterly helpless, with no way of escape, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners who had no use for Him. Even if we were good, we really wouldn’t expect anyone to die for us, though, of course, that might be barely possible. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since by His blood He did all this for us as sinners, how much more will He do for us now that He has declared us not guilty? Now He will save us from all of God’s wrath to come.”
And the same verses in the NASB version:
“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”
Not only did Christ die for us ungodly people, but He also justified us through His blood so that we can be spared the wrath of God! That’s some *amazing* love right there!
We can never match the love that God has for us. We are human, and I don’t think we can even fathom how deep His heart for us is. With that being said though, we need to do all we can to be worthy of His sacrifice.
As my Pastor likes to say, “Love God, love people, serve the world … one person at a time!”