“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

It is with a renewed zeal that some are embracing an ever-narrowing, elective view of salvation that includes some while excluding others. Sadly, this causes many to pause, wondering that if they are not of the elect is it even worth believing. They read of the life of an apostle Paul or Peter and think, “Yes, I would believe if my life was like theirs but I’m too great a sinner.” The love of God described in this passage, however, and demonstrated to the world, isn’t just for Paul and Peter, or others like them, but sinners like you and me. The Son-sending kind of love demonstrated by God is of an intensity, scope, and magnitude that reaches beyond our limiting and selective imaginations.

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