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Written by Georgetta Head
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
During my coaching career, I’ve had many people tell me that they didn’t think God would love them because of the sins they have committed. Armed with this untruth in their minds, they drifted into a life of shame and guilt. Romans 5:8 reveals a different story. Let’s study this scripture for the truth. The word “commendeth” in this verse is an interesting word that means: to commit; entrust; make acceptable; proves; or demonstrates.
Using the definition of “proves” for “commendeth,” the phrase now reads: “But God proves His love toward us…” Have you ever been in a position in which you had to prove your love or actions to someone? Well, this is exactly what Father God did for us. He loving His creation, He proved it to us by sending His only Son, Jesus, to die for us while we were still sinners! Now that’s love! Would you prove your love for someone by dying for them? To what extent will you go to prove your love?
God didn’t wait for us to be rid of our sins! He knew we would never be able to resolve our sin problem. So, He proves His love toward us with the answer for our sin problem, Jesus! While we were deep in our sins, He died on a cross taking all our sins on Himself, becoming our scape goat, forgiving us for every sin we ever committed. Jesus became our “propitiation” for the sins of the world (Hebrews 2:17). Thank God for the finished work of what Jesus did on the Cross, otherwise all would be eternally loss.
So, now I ask, “what sin will God not forgive anyone for?” God says we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But, friends, please know that all who come to God for salvation through Jesus, are freely justified by God’s “grace” (unmerited favor) through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. The next time you or anyone you know, begin to believe God can never forgive any sin committed, know that is satan lying to you and doesn’t want you to know the truth of God’s “grace.” Remember, you are “greatly loved.”
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