Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Guess what I have heard about you? You are wonderful. You are intelligent; witty, and charming. You have a great personality and are also found to be very attractive. They said they like you and you are a great person to have as a friend. Do you want to know who said all these things about you? Sure you do. Whoever they are, they seem to be a very smart person. In fact, as people go, they might be able to be a very good friend.
However, what if someone said this instead? You are a fool. You are stupid, boring, and an absolute drag to be around. You have a horrible personality, and to top it all off I find you to be kind of ugly. Being around you is like rubbing sandpaper across my forehead until it bleeds. In fact, I would rather stick a fork in my eye than spend one more minute around you. OK, do you want to know who said that? Sure you do. However, the reason is different. You probably want to know, “What in the world could I have possibly done to them to make them hate me so much?”
Yet, prior to our salvation, this is sort of the attitude we displayed toward God. We did not want to be around Him or His people. His ideas and ways seemed ridiculous, outdated, and we did not want to listen, read, or much less obey anything he had to say out of His Word. It may have sounded stupid, boring, and even foolish at times. However, while we were acting this way toward God, The Bible says “…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God sent His only Son to die for us. Why? It is because He loved us even when we were acting unlovable toward Him. Now my friend, this is real love.
I wonder if God ever thought to Himself, “What in the world could I have possibly done to them to make them hate me so much?” God loved us even when we were acting unlovable toward Him. In fact, the someone who thought all those nice things about you in the first paragraph, that would be God. He really is a great friend indeed.
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1 Samuel 11-13 / Psalm 107 / Proverbs 10 / Romans 3-5
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2 Samuel 4-6 / Luke 23:1-26
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