But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Words of blessing are like a cold drink of water to the one who has parched lips. Compliments and encouragement are always welcomed by the hungry heart. It is also true…”words are cheap!” We have heard complimentary words from people who want to get on our good side. We receive easily but we still wonder, “What do they really think of me?” On the other hand, when it comes to what God thinks about us, it is a completely different thing. He has not only spoken words of love, but He has also backed it up with actions.
What has He done? Get beyond the reality that He created this planet for us and set the world in order to protect us. Move quickly past the social order and family connections of love we long to keep intact at all costs. Move quickly to the greatest truth we could ever embrace…Jesus died for us! Make it personal right now: Jesus died for me!
What a marvelous truth we often take for granted, especially if we grew up in a Christian home. It almost sounds like yesterday’s news. Yes, it is. It’s news from yesteryear, some two thousand years ago, but it still has present and eternal consequences.
God’s demonstrated love is amazing! It defies our ability to completely comprehend it; it is so far outside our understanding. Just think about it for a moment. Even before we were ever born, the Lord set in motion a plan to prove without a shadow of doubt just how encompassing His love was for us. In our rebellious and sinful, self-absorbed posture, Christ died for us. We weren’t even asking for it, but He knew that we desperately needed what only He could provide. Forgiveness was impossible apart from the perfect, shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Living Proof of God’s love for us.
A fleshly human being could turn their back on you. Quite possibly, someone who is biologically connected to you might even terminate their relationship with you. Sometimes, we allow deep friendships to slip through our hands, out of convenience or offense. The human race is known for its fragile relationships and abusive treatment of one another. This is not so with Jesus! He loves you. He loves me. He proved it on Calvary’s cross. Yell it out right now, “I am loved, really loved!” Now, choose to live as His living proof of His powerful love today.