DEVOTION – DAY 61
Romans 5:8 “God’s love”
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
This verse tells us That God is a God of love. In order to show His love to us, God allowed His only Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins. God’s love for us is so deep that this verse tells us that God allowed Jesus Christ to die for us when we were His enemies!
There are parents who are willing to die in order to save their children. This is because parents love their children and their children love them back. So, you have parents willing to sacrifice their organs to save their dying children. Or you see examples of parents willing to take risky jobs in order to earn more money and give their children a better life. Married couples may be willing to die in order to save each other. Friends or siblings may be willing to die for one another and there are cases of one friend or sibling trying to save the life of another who is drowning. But you never hear of anyone willing to die for an enemy, or someone who hates them. We can thank God that He loves us so much that even when we were sinners and His enemies, He still went ahead to have His Son die for us in order to save us from judgment for our sins.
If we call ourselves God’s children now that we are Christians, we must also love others who may have hurt us, angered us or sinned against us. God loved us even when we did nothing to deserve His love. God loved us even though we rejected Him and did not believe in Him. Because we have received God’s love that we did not deserve, we must love and forgive people who have hurt us, angered us and wronged us.
A woman was suspected of gross misconduct and she was forced to resign by her employer. She was so upset by the injustice that she hired a lawyer to sue her ex-employer for damages. She harbored her anger for a number of years and eventually, the case was heard in court. But as a Christian, she knew that her unforgiveness towards her ex-employer was not right before God. She knew that because God had forgiven her, she must also forgive her ex-employer. In the end, through her lawyer, she negotiated an out of court settlement and allowed the matter to be closed. She felt a heavy weight lifted from her. If she did not close this case, she would allow her bitterness and anger to still control her.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us whilst we were still sinners. Thank you for letting the Lord Jesus to die for our sins. Help us to love and forgive those who have hurt, wronged and angered us. Replace our hurt and anger with your love for them. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
- Is there someone who has hurt, angered or wronged you? Will you forgive and love this person?
- How will you show your forgiveness to this person and will you do it?
- How have you been forgiven by others who have been hurt and wronged by you?
- If you do not forgive and love others, how will it affect you? Discuss.