But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NIV
The Globe and Mail reported last August that more people than expected are dying in Canada for reasons that are not yet clear. Excess mortality, also known as excess deaths, is a calculation of how many more deaths occur than are predicted based on demographic factors, including the growth and aging of the country’s population. Estimated excess mortality dipped in January and February, but the latest 2023 figures indicate it is about 15 per cent to 20 per cent higher than it was in 2020 and 2021.”
It isn’t difficult to love someone who loves us. We simply respond to that love with love and a love relationship is created. Even evil people can love those who love them. It takes God’s grace and mercy, however, to love those who don’t love us. We doubt if that is even humanly possible. And in our sin, it is not. The flesh wants to respond in like manner to those who have injured us or who have made it obvious that they don’t like us very much. We’ve all had that desire. But listen to what the apostle Paul writes in Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The Bible tells us that when we were in our sin, we were enemies of God. He had every right to respond to our waywardness and sin with judgment. Instead, because He loves us so much, He responded with the greatest gift of love in the history of the world – He sent Jesus to bear our sins upon Himself on a Roman cross. We are called to respond to others in the same way.
These have been words from the heart.