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   Salvation’s Love   Romans 5:6-11
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 man, though for a good man 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.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!
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!
Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV ®. COPYRIGHT ⓒ 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Love Defined (5:6–8)
This world will try and define love in every way except the way God defines it. In secular terms, love is a feeling, so if the feeling is gone, any commitments associated with the feeling are free to go with it. The Gospel teaches us, however, that love is not an inward feeling but a verb—an action verb that can be demonstrated and proven outwardly. The greatest proof of this is found on the cross. We also learn that love—true love—is not conditional. God did not love us after we got our acts together, or after we confessed our sins, or after we proved ourselves worthy. No, the Bible says, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Are there any ways in which you condition the demonstration of your love to others? Do you wait until you are sure it will be reciprocated, or do you give without condition and without restraint?

The Cost of Love (5:9–11)
In our consumer culture, it is easy to think that if something is given freely and without condition, it must not be costly. The cross of Jesus Christ, however, stands in direct opposition to this false notion. When we fail to remember this, we fail to appreciate the depth of God’s love for us. It seems more and more churches are eradicating any doctrine of hell because it is deemed too offensive, but if Christ did not save us from an eternal separation from God and all of the horrors that accompany this place, why did He have to offer up His life to save us? You cannot fully appreciate the grace you have been given until you fully understand the wrath that you deserved.

Meditate upon any sins that you have struggled with for a long time. Confess that you love those sins, which is why you hold on to them. Then lay them at the cross of Christ.
God of love, let my heart not be deceived by false loves but be transformed by the love that You have defined and the love that You are. Let Your love be both the model and the motive of my life, for my good and for Your glory. Amen.