Unlimited: While We Were Still Sinners
Sep 6, 2022 237
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8.)
Here is a truth that is worthy of being repeated again and again. God loves the unlovable. That’s why Christ died for us, not while we desired him, but while we crucified him.
Some have done their children what is perhaps an eternal injustice, when they told them things like,
“Be good so God can love you.”
In this way, children have grown up believing that God’s love depends on how good they are. In this way, we unwittingly turn our children into legalists, with all of the frustration and suffering that brings into their lives. Even worse, we turn God himself, in their own minds, into a legalist as well. The false idea that God is legalistic, so that our relationship with him depends on our performance, is a key reason why so many have turned away from the Christian God today.
God loves sinners and saints equally.
The truth is that God loves sinners and saints equally. Your good deeds can’t make God love you more and your failures and sins can’t make him love you less.
What this verse emphasizes is God’s love for us and not our love for him. It emphasizes his grace in contrast to our sin and weaknesses. These should always be our own personal emphases in our Christian walk with Jesus.
Write out Romans 5:8 in the first person, i.e. referring to yourself. Use this as a basis for prayer. Keep it somewhere where you can take it out and remind yourself of how much you are loved.