“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” — Romans 5:8
When we think about Valentine’s Day, we may get a card, send flowers, give candy or enjoy a romantic evening. It is good to give gifts to people we love and spend time with them, but a modern parable may give us a deeper understanding of love.
Junior was a broken man. Until today, he didn’t worry about anything. His wife, Pearl, loved him a lot and he made a good living. Junior built houses in three different counties. He had a good crew working with him and he knew how to build everything from the foundation to the roof.
Junior had just one problem: His heart was as calloused as his hands. Pearl finally had enough of his meanness and walked out on him. So Junior called his friend, Marvin. When Marvin came over that night, Junior told his story. Junior said, “I had a precious jewel and I squandered the best part of my life with my selfishness. What can I do?”
Marvin explained that he didn’t know what Pearl would do, but a tender heart gives us an opportunity to reach out with the most love. Jesus endured more than anybody and still loves us. “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” (Romans 5:6-8).
The soldiers spit in the face of Jesus, put a crown of thorns on His head, insulted Him, tortured Him and nailed Him to the cross. Yet He was willing to forgive them if they turned humbly to Him. “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing'” (Luke 23:34).
Wow! That is undying love. What a Savior!
— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Ga.
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