Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5.6-8
God is the one who shows us what love is. Helpless. That is what I was. In my sinful state, I was helpless and weak. I think of a newborn baby. It is dependent upon those who care for it for everything. But unlike a newborn baby, I was not innocent. I was stained with sins. The sins that I had chosen to commit. God took the initiative. When I could do nothing to stand before him on my own merit, he took the initiative and sent Jesus to die for me. I was not righteous or even good. But even in my sinful state, he loved me enough to send Jesus to die as the sacrifice for me, in my place. God shows us what love truly is. That brings joy to the heart. May I be willing to share this love, sacrifice, and joy with others.