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Power and Love
Today’s Reading: Romans 5:1–10

 
 


For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
(v. 10 NIV)


 

As I stood alone on the edge of a nearly vertical cliff, a thousand feet above the valley floor, the rain assaulted my tattered nerves. I had no rope and my best friend was missing—I presumed he was dead.

I cried out to God. It was my very last card to play, to ask for the intervention of a God I did not believe in, a God I had ignored all my life. And instead of judging me and finding me sadly wanting, He turned up and saved me. I would never have done the same for such an undeserving egomaniac.

Only the God of the Bible claims to have both the power to move heaven and earth to rescue someone, and at the same time, the love that chooses to do so—even for a non-believing, self-obsessed mountaineer!

It is His love that made Him stoop to save me; I could do nothing. His word says, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He doesn’t expect us to clean ourselves up first. This is a deeply personal love, which I discovered when He heard me and He responded.

God stepped down and became man—Immanuel (“God with us”)—giving up the glory of heaven for the filth and grime of a fallen world. He did it to show that in His immeasurable power, the power that moves mountains, His motivation is always love for all of us.

The arrival of Christ is ultimate power shown in love.

 
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Russell Fralick
 
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