Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 57/260: Read Romans 5

God should have known better. He should have known that His creation would turn their backs on Him and rebel. He should have known that they would reject Him and deny Him and hate Him. God should have known better.

Jesus should have known better. He should have known that, despite showing power over nature and using miracles to heal the sick, He would be reviled. Rejected. Despised. He should have known that His closest friends in the flesh would run away when times got tough. They would deny knowing Him. They would hand Him over to His enemies. His friends would watch His enemies torture Him and kill Him on a cross, a humiliating and excruciating death.

God should have known better. Jesus should have known better.

Here’s the thing: they did know.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Despite our hatred, He loved us. Despite everything we had done and everything that we would do, He died for us.

God be praised for His love!

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

Romans 6:3. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Pray

Pray for a greater love for God and a greater love for each other. Pray that you may demonstrate the love described by Jesus in Mark 12:30-31 in your life.

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