A Most Uncommon Love
May 20, 2022

Today’s 333 Devotional: “A Most Uncommon Love”

The Apostle Paul declares the depth of God’s unbelievable love, and it’s probably the clearest definition we can find of “agape,” or God’s unconditional love.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.” (Romans 5:6-7)

The illustration talks about how some people will attempt to save people who find themselves caught in some tragedy. Today’s these would mainly consist of those who are first responders who run into a building to save the inhabitants whom they neither know nor have never met. It also describes those who put themselves in harm’s way for those they love.

But this is never a person’s first choice.

Not so Christ! He went beyond. Not only did he die for the righteous and moral. Not only did He die for those who were His own people, the Jews, but also, He died for those who hated Him and were His enemies.

He died for the ungodly, that is, those who are the worst of the worst. He died for those who live a lifestyle directly in opposition to God and to His word, who profane God’s name and who ask God to leave them alone. Basically, He died for all of us!

He also died for those who are without strength, that is, those who are unlovely and unlovable, the cast offs of society, the untouchables, those who are destitute and without value to society.

Again, basically all of us!

Jesus showed then the most uncommon form of love for every one of the human race. It was a love that transcends human understanding because it has nothing to do with human love. It is a love that can only come from God.

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

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