We all know that we serve a loving God. We read it in scripture, we hear it in church and we sing about it in praise songs. This is something that we know. But recently I’ve been reading a particular passage of Scripture quite a bit. Romans 5 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, and it says so many great things about God’s love.
Verses 1-11 say this:
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings. Because we know that sufferings produce perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man, someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His son, how much more shall we be saved through His life. Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
I highlighted two verses there for emphasis. The entire chapter is beautiful, but I’d like to focus on these two verses for a second. The first one I highlighted there is Verse 8. Think about this for a second. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Even in our sin, God loved us so much that He sent His only son to die for us. But in the next few verses, it uses the phrase “how much more”. Check this out. In Verse 10 it says “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His son how much more shall we be saved through His life.” When we were in our sin, we were God’s enemies. Even then, Christ died for us, and we were reconciled. Think about this. How much more will we now be saved because of Jesus’s life? Jesus is alive! So we rejoice in Him, because we have now been reconciled, and made clean. All because of this incredible and loving God that we serve. It’s something good to chew on.