Read: Romans 5:6-11

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (v. 8)

We give gifts to those we love. A gift is a way of saying “I love you,” or “I’m glad you are a part of my life.” The joy we find in giving a gift to someone we care about reflects the joy God feels when he gives the gift of salvation, for he is the greatest gift giver. The apostle John reminds us that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son” (John 3:16, emphasis added). In light of his justice and holiness, God could have chosen to let us remain spiritually dead in sin, apart from any relationship with him. After all, “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).

However, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Did you hear that? While we were guilty, undeserving, and powerless—God acted. That is undeserved love. That is a gift! John also reminds us that “we love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). God gave each of us an amazing gift: the opportunity to have our sins forgiven and our relationship with him restored. Gifts are meant to be received, opened, and used. Don’t let God’s gift go to waste. He loves you. That gift is not only for you, but for all who believe. Who can you share the good news of God’s love with today? —Steve Petroelje

Prayer: Wonderful Lord, thank you for your amazing love. Help me to love others today. Amen.