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Mid-Week with Christ
June 9, 2020

While We Were Still Enemies

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Romans 5:6-15

 
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
 

Prayer for the Day

 
Merciful Father, we give thanks and praise to You that, while we were weak and unrighteous and Your enemies, You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior. Keep us faithful to Him by the power of Your Spirit that we might remain reconciled to You through His blood. In Jesus' strong name we pray. Amen.

"He isn't worth it." Have you ever heard those words? Have you ever given up on someone, turned your back on them, refused even to forgive them, because they just weren't worth the effort?

From a perspective of righteousness and holiness, none of us are worth God's effort - never mind the sacrifice of God's one and only Son. Tenants who refused the master his share of the vineyard don't deserve to be shown grace. How much less those who nail the master's son to a cross and give him vinegar to drink!

But this is precisely what God does. The Father gives up His most precious possession - His Son - that His enemies might become His friends. He breathes His Spirit into our hearts to give us new and eternal life. God dies for evil people that the evil might become perfect and holy and righteous. 

Faced with that kind of love and grace, how we say of anyone that they just aren't worth it? If God can find worth even in the unworthy, who are we to say that someone does not deserve our compassion and forgiveness? 

Jesus taught us to pray, "forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us" (Luke 11:4). He does not ask us to do something that He has not already done first: forgiving those who were His enemies, dying for them, and reconciling them to the Father by the blood of His cross. 
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