“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”

Romans 5:6-11 NLT

We can be discouraged in our tribulations if we do not keep focused on God’s love. Even the strongest Christians may doubt the love of God in the middle of a trial and think that their troubles mean God is working against them. But God’s Word tells otherwise. We were God’s enemies under a death sentence when Christ died for us and reconciled us to God. If this is how he loves his enemies, how much more will he do for his family?

As today’s scripture makes clear, God’s love does not depend on our goodness. God’s very nature is love, independent of our actions. His love for us is based on who he is, not on what we do. No matter what our circumstances, no matter what we have or haven’t done, we can rest in the assurance that God loves us!


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