But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Unconditional. Without limitations, no matter what, free of charge…no strings attached. These are all ways to describe the love and acceptance that we receive when we invite Jesus into our lives. But what about when we sin? What about the times that we make a decision to “change our ways” or “never do that again”, only to find ourselves right back in the same (or maybe even a worse) situation? Or what if we are completely engulfed in a sinful lifestyle; giving in to every temptation and desire, without hesitation? How could we possibly still be eligible for God’s love?
The truth of the matter is, the love of God is a free gift! There is nothing that we can do to earn it, and there is nothing that we can do to stop it! Romans 5:8 says “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” This means that God, knowing that the hearts and minds of humanity were corrupt, still displayed his selfless love by sending Jesus to die for us. Knowing this, you may be thinking “If God is going to love me anyway, what is the point of trying to obey His word?”
Think of it like this. Say someone gave you a key to a safe that contained an endless supply of cash. You are told that the cash is yours to benefit from anytime you need it, you just need your key. So what happens if you lose your key? The cash is still yours and the person that gave it to you didn’t take it back BUT you can no longer experience the benefits of having it, until the key is recovered. That is what happens when we sin. God still loves us and the benefits of that love are still ours; however, our access has been compromised.
Repentance is the key to regaining access to God’s love!