The Apostle Paul declares the depth of God’s unbelievable love, and it’s probably the clearest definition we can find of “agape,” the Greek word best defined as God’s unconditional love.
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die” (Romans 5:6-7)
The illustration talks about how some people will attempt to save people who find themselves caught in some tragedy. Today’s these would mainly consist of those who are first responders who run into a building to save the inhabitants whom they neither know nor have never met. It also describes those who put themselves in harm’s way for those they love.
But this is never a person’s first choice.
Not so with Jesus Christ! He went beyond. Not only did he die for the righteous and moral. Not only did He die for those who were His own people, the Jews, but also, He died for those who hated Him and were His enemies.
He died for the ungodly, that is, those who are the worst of the worst. He died for those who live a lifestyle directly in opposition to God and to His word, who profane God’s name and who ask God to leave them alone.
Basically, He died for all of us!
He also died for those who are without strength, that is, those who are unlovely and unlovable, the cast offs of society, the untouchables, those who are destitute and without value to society.
Again, He died for all of us!
Jesus showed then the most uncommon form of love for everyone. It was a love that transcends human understanding because it has nothing to do with human love. It is a love that can only come from God.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
And so, Jesus’s love for us is a most uncommon love.
Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West First South, Mesquite, NV., behind ACE Hardware.
Sunday Morning Service is at 10 a.m. This Weeks Message is entitled, “Christ is No Mirage.” Sunday Evening at 6 p.m. “Book of Mark.”
Wednesday Evening Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies begin at 6 p.m. The Women’s Bible Study is looking at the letters of John, and the Men’s Bible study is looking at Gene Getz, “The Measure of a Man.”
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8 thoughts on “A Most Uncommon Love”
Once again an encouraging read from Pastor Dennis!
He writes so well and we really love having him as a writer for our site. He is an amazing man!
Thank you Wes, we serve an awesome God who is always faithful. Love and miss you both. God bless
Thank You, Gods LOVE is so Over the Top for us
I Thank Him Everyday
Blessings to you Dennis
Thank you James, I hope you have a great rest of the week, and will see you at Men’s Study. Take care and God bless
One thing that I am reminded of in Romans 5:8 mentioned here, ““But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” is when Jesus while on the cross spoke the words, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34) He was referring to the very people who had put him up there as well as those who were ridiculing Him and blaspheming Him while He was hanging there. But that wasn’t even just for them, it was for every single one of us whose sins He was carrying upon His shoulder as He suffered and died for us. That’s how unconditional His lover for all of is. It is also a solemn reminder to me that not one person is beyond God’s grace and mercy. Salvation is for all who receive Him as Lord and Savior. Therefore that is how our love needs to be for everyone, regardless of their past and even present sins.
Thank you Debbie, what a great commentary from the article. God bless