6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9 Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” NRSV
Here, Paul buries every notion of works righteousness, of earning our way to heaven on our own merit. “God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” That’s love. That’s the definition of unconditional love! The unrepentant and undeserving given the reward of redemption. It is ours for the taking.
It is our responsibility, then, either to take it or leave it. If we take it, we assume the mantle of being the bearers of God’s unconditional love in the world. To think and act like we can do any less is to leave it.
Redemption is a gift that cannot be earned or purchased, just embraced. The value of the gift comes in living as the redeemed of God.
Be a blessing to someone today!