~But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ dies for us.~
A man who had worked in a Nazi concentration camp suffered a slow and painful death from disease. During his final days, memories of those he had tortured flooded his mind. Day and night he was haunted.
On the eve of his death, he called a Polish doctor to his side and confessed his evil, in hopes that this man would extend forgiveness on behalf of his people. The dying man waited, desperate to hear healing words. But the doctor never spoke. Words were not appropriate. He believed that this man deserved to die in agony for what he had done. Anything less would have minimized the pain of those who had died such cruel deaths.
We are like this sinful man. We all deserve death, not forgiveness. Thankfully God does not give what we deserve. He didn’t even wait till we stopped sinning, but while we were still in rebellion, hurting him and others, he died for us!
Consider this: God loves you for who you are, not for what you do.