“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8, KJV). Read that again. What does this verse mean to you? To me, I am reminded that God loved me even while I was still a sinner! You may think “Well, I’m really not that bad . . . I mean, at least I’m not as bad as some people”. You may consider yourself to be a pretty good person, or, on the other hand, you may know that you are a sinner, but still don’t quite understand what this truly means. To be a sinner is to be an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10). Each and every person has transgressed and rebelled against God, and is worthy of death (Rom. 1:29-32). When you don’t know the Lord, it does not matter what your sin may look like, even if it doesn’t look at as bad others, it is sin and you are a sinner. You have rebelled against God, and you are worthy of death.
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So, what does this verse mean to you? “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8, KJV). Think about it, “while we were yet sinners” . . . while we were yet rebellious, while we were yet enemies of God, while we were yet worthy of death, “while we were yet sinners”. Do you understand? He didn’t have to die, we didn’t and will never deserve the sacrifice Jesus made for us! “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21, KJV). And yet He reaches out, in love, and calls us to take up our crosses and follow Him. It won’t be easy, and if you are walking with Christ, you have probably already seen how difficult the road truly is. I have found, though, that it is so worth it! I have the promise from God Himself to never leave me or forsake me. I am His, and I find so much peace and assurance in knowing this. Every day He is with me. I don’t ever need to face a hardship, worry, or fear alone. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4, KJV). And when my work is done on earth, I will be forever with my Lord (Psalm 23:6)!
Do you have this assurance? Do you personally know my Jesus? I’m not asking if you go to church or if you come from a Christian home, although these can be blessings. I am asking if you have a relationship with the One who died for your sins. Do you? Because, if you don’t, you are still dead in your sins, and this is a very serious thing. Think about what God will say to some when they stand before Him, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:21-23, KJV).
If you would like to commit your life to Christ and you are serious about following Him, you can! The Bible says that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, KJV). Confess your sins to Christ, turn from your wicked way, and choose to follow Him. He is faithful. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9-10, KJV). Don’t waste time, don’t wait for a more convenient day, because it won’t come. 2 Corinthians 6:2b says that “now is the day of salvation”. You may not have all the time you think.
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