we didn't deserve it

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

We did nothing to compel the love of God. We could not get ourselves good enough or straightened out enough to get the love of God. He commended it (to make known by action, to demonstrate, to show) toward us while we were yet sinners or while we were acting our worst. We didn’t work for it, earn it, or deserve it. It freely is given to us because of the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ. Thank God for His mercy!

When we were at our worst and acting in the worst way God loved us. While we were deserving of judgment we received His mercy and love. We need to remember that when we see sinners that we have the same capacity to show the love of God toward them (Rm. 5:5). Only the guilty need mercy and His mercy needs combined with our hatred of sin. At times we are called to and required to reprove, rebuke, and exhort people living in sin but also point to the way back, and path to restoration. We don’t show them God’s love because of what they are doing but because of whose we are. The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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