Loving Through Death

May 3 | Romans 5:6-8

“For Christ, while we were still weak died at the proper time for the ungodly. For anyone will die with difficulty for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps anyone would even dare to die, but God demonstrates His love for us, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6–8)

We experience many types of love throughout our life. Most know love with strings attached. But the closest image of God’s love comes through good parents. Why did Jesus die for us, asking nothing in return? He paid the whole bill of our sin and shame, erasing the death penalty from us.

All you had was sin, weakness, sickness, and shame to give him. He took it and granted you his grace. It doesn’t make any sense. Except that he wants you to know him as intimately as he already knows you.

Some people may choose to die for good people, but before you met Jesus you weren’t worthy of his inheritance of eternity with him. Only people who know Jesus have the privilege of heaven.

You are incredibly indebted to Jesus. All he asks now that you know him is to love, worship, and serve him. But these don’t earn your salvation. You do them out of love and gratitude for his sacrificial gift.

Action Step: Thank Jesus for his indescribable gift. Worship and serve him out of gratitude and love. He loved you before you knew what love was. Spread Jesus’ love to others as you share your story and serve them.

Lord Jesus, I could never repay you. Thank you that you loved me on that cross though I didn’t deserve it. I have committed my life to you. Show me how I can help others and share the message of your good news with them today.

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