Scripture to Read: Romans 5:6–8
God gives us great encouragement today as we see all He has done for us through Christ. The first encouragement we read is in Romans 5:6: “While we were still helpless [powerless to provide for our salvation], at the right time Christ died [as a substitute] for the ungodly.” (AMP) As a human race, we are all born with a sinful nature, and we are ungodly. We know this because we know how sinful we have been and can be without Christ. But God reminds us in Romans 5:6 that Christ came at the perfect time and died in our place to pay the full price for all our sins. God says it this way in Galatians 4:4–5, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (NASB) God’s timing is always perfect, and Christ was the perfect sacrifice because He lived a sinless life. Then, God has Paul write this in Romans 5:7: “Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die.” God points out that someone “might” die for a noble, selfless, worthy person, but it’s not likely. But according to Romans 5:8, Christ died for sinners, which means none of us were worthy, but He did it because of His love for us.
Challenge & Application
What sticks out the most to you today about all that God has done for you through Christ?
How will you share this “good news” with someone this week?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!