“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~Romans 5:8
Talk is cheap, I’ve heard the expression “Show me, I’m from Missouri, the Show Me state”. There’s two ways to try to convince people of something, you can tell them or show them, I prefer the latter. I can remember hearing the way people would sell vacuums, they knock on someone’s door and the moment they opened it the salesman would throw a scoop of dirt on their carpet. This would give him an opportunity to “demonstrate” his product.
Romans 5 is a good chapter for me to be reminded of what Jesus did for me before I ever existed or knew anything about God. A reminder now but as an unbeliever it was thought provoking.
What better way to prove something than to show it by an act of Love. I have done a lot of foolish things to attempt to show someone I love them but most of the time my acts of showing off were more of an attempt to get them to love me. When I consider the plan of salvation that resulted in the crucifixion, the reality is that it wasn’t Jesus showing off, it was an act of obedience to satisfy the judgements of God. On top of it all He did this while I was still in my sin.
We have a free gift from God that satisied a debt that we could not pay, but this freedom wasn’t free. I hope as you read this post you will take a moment to reflect on the Love of God that caused Him to make a way when there was no way and before we knew we needed a way.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-10
It was the Love of God that compelled Him to make a way for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Just a reminder…
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.
Daily Quote: “Employ whatever God has entrusted you with, in doing good, all possible good, in every possible kind and degree…” – John Wesley
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness;
Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. ~Isaiah 51:11