You know, when some of you see the title, you may be tempted to click off of it because God loving you may seem either too elementary or just simply unbelievable. But I want to share Truth with you today in hopes that you will not only hear it but believe and digest it. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” This is such great news! God loved us when sin made us unlovable!
After some time in prayer, God revealed to me that sin is not just a behavior, it’s a location and an identity. We trespass when we sin against God. So when we take that thought into this verse, it reads, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were trespassing and not in our God-given identity yet, Christ died for us.”
Just as sin is being who we’re not supposed to be (which causes us to do what we’re not supposed to do), righteousness is choosing to step into being sons and daughters of Him which ultimately changes our behavior as well. Oftentimes, we focus so much on doing right things that we forget to “be” righteous. This is the difference between religion and relationship. Religion looks at righteousness as a “what” when relationship looks at it as a “who.”
Don’t do righteousness; be righteous. Receive His love and be filled with His Spirit to be who He says you are. He loves you with an unfailing love.