Prayer: Hands and feet, O Lord, we are here to do your will; lead us through your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Are you convinced?
8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
Oh, our devotion writer is so right! You just can’t prove anything to someone who refuses to be convinced. This is true whether you are teaching algebra or prove you love for someone. If they don’t want to retain their doubts, then they will retain them.
So it is with people and God. God’s Word is filled with stories about rebellious people and people with doubts. Time after time God proves His love and power and yet people still walk away. As our devotion writer puts it; “People continued to doubt God’s love for them. They thought they knew better and turned against the Holy One, following false leaders. They refused to be convinced. Finally, God made the ultimate sacrifice and sent Jesus to die for us…Jesus died for us and rose again to convince us of how much the Lord loves us.”
Sooner or later it has to boil down to faith. Faith, which is also a gift, gives us freedom to live in the joy and hope of God’s promises. Freedom to believe, or not. Freedom from the consequences of sin and freedom to experience lives of joy and peace.
Prayer: “Thank you, O God, for proving your love for us by sending Jesus to die for us. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Results of Justification
5 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.