“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Roman 5:6-8
The tough thing about love is that we all want to be loved whether you admit it or not. Because of this desire it tends to be searched for in all the wrong places. Love has a tendency to make you do some crazy things. It’ll make you kill, lie, cheat, and make you become someone you’re not. Not being loved makes you insecure and will definitely make you do things you don’t want to. At the same time love will make you sacrifice, love will change you for the better, love will give you purpose, love will heal, love will bring peace and security. Love is extremely powerful.
1 John 4:8 says, “God is love”. To truly love and experience true love we need to go to the source, the creator of love. What I find so amazing about His love is that it is given to us unconditionally. His love for us is not based on our actions. It’s not based on some sexual favor (hello somebody). It’s not based on how much money you have or the type of car you drive. It’s not based your eye color or if you’re 5’5 and shaped like a Mexican coke bottle.
Romans 5:6-8 speaks about 3 types of reasons someone may love. Verse 7 says, “very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person.” This means that it’s very rare but understandable if someone died for a person like MLK or someone of that nature. The verse continues and says, “though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.” Meaning that its possible for someone to die for person who is like a modern day Robin Hood. They give money to the poor, help the homeless and help those less fortunate. But would you die for a murderer, a cheater, a liar, an abuser, a drug addict, a drunk, or a normal everyday person? No way!! My response would be yes they deserve it. But would you die for someone like that? No.
But verse 8 is the key. It says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Did you catch that last part?! It says while we were still sinners! While we didn’t care about God, doing the nasty, lying and sinning and what ever it is we did and do. He died for us! It wasn’t because we had it all together or that we were perfect, or prayed a whole lot, or went to church every day. No it was simply based on His own love. He DEMONSTRATED His own love, a love that is different from the world, a love that removes all sin, a love that gives us grace and mercy when we don’t even deserve it. Now that is love.