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.