“So, if while we were still enemies, God fully reconciled us to Himself through the death of His Son, then something greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, and because we share in His resurrection life, how much more we will be rescued from sin’s dominion! And even more than that, we overflow with triumphant joy in our new relationship of living in harmony with God–all because of Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:10-11)
How many of us have the ability or desire to completely reconcile people we know hate us? To completely forgive and love them, even enough to die for them? To consider ourselves to be at peace with them even though it isn’t a reality? That is exactly what Jehovah God did with us!
Sin separates us from God’s ability to bless us. His love calls to us over the chasm that sin creates between us and Him. But He made a way to bridge that wide gap by sending His Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of sin in our place. Who can fathom a love this deep?
Every day that we wake up on this planet, we have a new opportunity to walk across the bridge of Jesus Christ to reach our Heavenly Father’s warm embrace. There are two points I want to share in this scripture:
- Many people do not understand how Jehovah God can possibly love them. Many people think they have to earn it by doing good deeds or being a good person. They cannot fathom receiving so great a love for nothing. There are three kinds of love: 1. Eros love, which is romantic love, 2. Phileo love, which is brotherly love and affection and 3. Agape love, which is God’s kind of love. Humans totally get eros and phileo love because they are human forms of love. Agape is foreign because it is supernatural. Agape has NOTHING to do with emotions. It is not a feeling. It is a choice. That is the key. God CHOSE to love us even when we were yet sinners, enemies of the Cross.
- Many people believe they are “sinners saved by grace” and therefore are bound to inevitably sin. This scripture says differently. We are “rescued from sin’s dominion!” God’s grace does not just cover sin, it empowers us to defeat it! The key to this is REPENTANCE. Repentance is the decision to stop sinning. Turn and walk towards God away from it. It’s a decision. It is done in the heart and then the mind.
We have the opportunity to live so far above our current circumstances, all because of Jesus Christ. Our sin was placed on His shoulders. He bore the stripes, the rejection, the punishment for us. We can’t possibly repay this gift. It’s just too priceless. What we can do is accept it, thank Him for it and live in “TRIUMPHANT JOY” knowing that we are not helpless against sin. We don’t HAVE to sin. It’s not inevitable that we do. Will we go through our entire lives without sinning? Probably not, but through quick repentance and the Blood of Jesus, we are still able to live victoriously.
Remember, the closer you are to the Lord, the less you will sin. It’s that simple. When He is the center of your world, then you will be transformed into His image and that is where real victory lies. We are all on a journey to get to this wonderful place. To be “hidden with Christ in God.” What an awesome opportunity! And it’s all because of Jesus Christ…
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