6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Do you love your children and grandchildren?
When my first grandchild was born, I felt an amazing love and commitment to her. It was so intense I was surprised by it. But then I also had the same experience with my other grandchildren!
Most of us will never be in a position where we are asked to give our life for our children or grandchildren. Hopefully we’ll never know what we would do, but thanks to Romans 5:6-8, we know what God did through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Why am I talking about our children and grandchildren in relation to God’s love? I believe that our love for our children is the closest we can come to understanding God’s love for us.
One of Christ’s last sayings on the cross is found in Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” This request from Christ is a great example of God’s love.
If you were looking at the people surrounding the cross that day, you would see Roman soldiers, religious leaders and other angry people. But even while He was dying in agony on the cross, Jesus asked for forgiveness for these very people—people who had no concern for Him and even hated Him. What great love and compassion Jesus showed!
But then it hit me.
Was Jesus looking at these people as strangers and haters, or was He looking at these people as His very own children? How much more can we understand His statement to forgive them, and how much more does it hurt our hearts, when we realize this act of crucifixion was being done by His children, His own creation. These were children He loved so much that He surrendered His life to save theirs.
God proved His love for us in that even while we were putting His child to death on the cross, He still loved us enough to forgive us.
This is amazing love and grace! This is God’s love!
Questions to Ask Yourself
- God is love, and He offers His love and forgiveness to everyone. Have you accepted that love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ? It’s the most important question in all of life.
- Once we have accepted God’s love, are we ready to love others and forgive them? If so, then just as Jesus proved God’s love for us even while we were still sinners, the proof is in our actions.
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