Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Romans 5:1-8

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  – Romans 5:8

It is not uncommon in America for people to point to what they think is the love of God.  People look at that new job promotion and say, “Here is the love of God.”  Others look at that new purchased house and say, “This is the love of God.”  Still others point to that successful surgery, to that reconciliation in someone’s marriage, or to the birth of a new born baby as the love of God.  For St. Paul, these are not the love of God.  These are blessings from the Lord but His love for you is found only in His Son, Jesus Christ.

St. Paul writes, “But God shows His love for us in that…Christ died for us.”  Christ’s death on the cross for your sins is God’s demonstration of love for you.  Why?  Because you are not worthy of God’s love – you are a sinner.  Rarely will anyone die for such a person like you.  But Christ did die and rise from the dead for you.  The righteous for the unrighteous, the saint for the sinner, God for man, Christ crucified for you is God’s demonstration of love.  Look to Christ crucified, for there you find the love of God for us all.  Amen.

Prayer: Inscribed upon the cross we see In shining letters, ‘God is love.’  He bears our sins upon the tree; He brings us mercy from above.  (We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died, LSB 429:2)

This devotion was written by Rev. Gary Sears – Pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Conroy.

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