“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still
sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
C.H. Spurgeon September 6, 1874 – “Christ’s death for the ungodly is the grandest argument to make the ungodly love him when they are saved. To love Christ is the mainspring of obedience in men. No doubt all of us require knowing the threatening of the wrath of God; but that which soonest touches my heart is Christ’s free love to an unworthy one like myself.”
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If your great- est need had been technology, God would have sent us an engineer. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.
God is willing to make any accommodation to have fellowship with us. A story was shared about an inner-city mission worker longed to show Christ’s love to others, but she found it difﬁcult to give genuine affection to one particular vagrant. One day the sickly and unkempt woman to whom she had been witnessing was sentenced to jail. When the Christian worker saw her sobbing bitterly, she was ﬁlled with compassion. Quickly going to her side, she tenderly put her arm around her. Never having felt such love, the distressed woman was deeply moved, and later she accepted Jesus as her Savior.
After being released from prison, the woman was nursed back to health by the mission worker. Not only had a needy sinner been rescued, but a Christian had been brought into a deeper experience of Christ-like compassion.
God doesn’t love us because we’re lovable but because of His grace. We freely receive His undeserved favour through the Saviour, who loved us “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). We are to reﬂect this new relationship with Christ in our daily lives by showing His com- passion to those who are difﬁcult to love.
As one who has been saved by God’s grace, are you showing His love to the unlovely? Loving the lost is the ﬁrst step in leading the lost to Christ.
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