Romans 5:5-8 (NIV)
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:1-11 is a powerful teaching section in the Scriptures concerning a believer’s relationship with God. Verses 5-8 are the hinge section of truth that makes your relationship with God so amazing and so challenging to give to others. Consider three words that heighten the significance of God’s unconditional love to you.
“…God poured out his love into our hearts…” As Christians we did not receive a little bit of God’s unconditional love, we receive the completeness of his unconditional love through the presence of the given Holy Spirit. Do you hoard or pour God’s unconditional love before others?
This past December 2012 and January 2013 the principle “…very rarely will anyone die for a righteous…a good man…” was shown to the utmost in two separate shootings, in which adults placed themselves between a gunman and students to save their lives, while their own life was taken. The principle is of total, selfless abandonment of life on behalf of another individual. In Philippians 2:1-8 we are taught the example of Christ’s own self abandonment on behalf of a lost humanity. The Apostle goes on to teach that if we have experienced Christ’s love and presence, then we too should be willing to abandon self-interests on behalf of desperately needy people. Are you willing to do the same, be totally selfless, for a spiritually lost person or a desperate fellow-disciple of Christ?
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Demonstrate – to show, prove by example. God’s unconditional love is not just an idea or contemplation of ideas; it is real action, the meeting of needs on behalf of a lost and desperate humanity. 1 John 3:16-19 confronts believers with the reality of just talking about Christ’s love, as opposed to being literal instruments of his love for others. Consider being God’s clear channel of his active, unconditional love the next time an opportunity arises. But be prepared – he will give you many opportunities. Let God’s unconditional love flow unchecked, through you, to others.
“My command is this: Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
Pray for these churches:
California Presbyterian Church
Lockwood Community Church
Union Church of Quincy