The reading for today is Romans 5:1-8, NIV.
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
This for me is one of Paul's greatest chapters in all of his letters. This, along with his letter to the Ephesians, opened my eyes in my Confirmation studies to the incredible love of God that is freely given to us. The profound statement that rarely does anyone lay down their life for a righteous person, let alone a good person. But Christ, died for us, sinners, the lowliest of people. It lays out the foundation of the relationship that I have with Christ.
I am reminded of the love of God that frees us - a gift that I never had to ask for.
As the world around us begins to open up, there is a new reality that we step into. We have been away from our friends and family, and we eagerly look to get life "back to normal." And my hope is that we will keep with us that feeling of knowing, truly knowing what is most important to us - love and relationships with have with those who are closest to us.
The passage from Romans might be a reminder for us to keep what is most important in the foreground of our lives. That ultimately it is love we have from God, working through us and emboldening us to go out and dare to do something different. For Christ, this was to die for us so that we might be freed from death and have loving relationships with one another.
Live into that Good News - let it free you to share the light of Christ in your day.
God of compassion, You have opened the way for us and brought us to You. Pour Your love into our hearts, that, overflowing with joy, we may freely share Your blessings and faithfully proclaim the Good News of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Louis Moehlman firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Those who won’t open their hearts to hear the Good News.