Posted 20 Feb 2013
How do I know that God loves us?
The Bible is God’s response to that question. But just looking at one little part of the answer; the apostle Paul wrote in the book of Romans on this subject…
Romans 5:8-11 (ANIV) – ‘8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. ’
The first verse states clearly how absolutely certain we can be that God loves each & every one of us: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Whilst I was still sin-soaked, still separated from God by an enormous gulf of wrong-doing, Jesus died on the cross, to reconcile me to God. God didn’t require me to take the first step – I couldn’t, because my own wrong-doing prevented me from getting to God. Instead, Jesus paid for all my sin, & so opened up the way for me to get to God.
A dictionary definition of the word “reconciled”:
1. To reestablish a close relationship between, as in marriage: The estranged couple reconciled after a year.
2. To settle or resolve.
3. To bring (oneself) to accept: He finally reconciled himself to the change in management.
4. To make compatible or consistent: reconcile my way of thinking with yours.
5. To become compatible or consistent: The figures would not reconcile.
The word reconcile sounds a bit formal, or legal, but when you look at the description, it reveals the depth & incredible scope of the meaning involved: to settle differences & BRING BACK into close relationship, like a marriage. To become COMPATIBLE OR CONSISTENT, to fit together properly once more.
Wow! When put like that we can see that God’s plan to reconcile us to Himself is anything but cold & legal, it is full of passion, desire & deep love: God wants us to believe in Him, come back to Him, trust & love Him. From that reconciled position, we can have an on-going, ever deepening relationship with the Creator God, moving from closer to still closer friendship – amazing! I want that… how about you?
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