As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
TOPIC: Who Would Do This?
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
1 John 4:9
Recommended Reading: 1 John 4:7-11
Not infrequently, we read of a healthy person donating a kidney to a person in need. For whom would you sacrifice one of your bodily organs? A more intense question is one the apostle Paul asked: For whom would you die?
It’s a hypothetical question with no fixed answer, and in Romans 5:6-7 Paul raised the question to set up a stark contrast. He said that hypothetically someone might die so that a righteous person might live—though it would be rare for someone to do that. If it would be rare to die for a righteous person, it would be unheard of for someone to die for a sinful, evil person. And yet that is what Christ did: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Christ did what no one else would likely ever do: He died for sinners (Romans 3:10-18). Let Christ’s love for you motivate you to show love to others today (1 John 4:11, 19-21).
You never so touch the ocean of God’s love as when you forgive and love your enemies. – Corrie ten Boom
Read-Thru-the-Bible: Genesis 39 – 41