In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


February 15, 2008 – Our Loving FriendRomans 5:6-11 

            Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and many people no doubt received cards, gifts, or kind words from friends and family. But no matter how tender our expressions of affection can be, human love pales in comparison to Jesus’ divine love, which He demonstrated by dying on the cross to save us. 

            Jesus lived a perfect life—one which was sinless and fully pleasing to God. He had no unrighteousness for which He owed payment (Romans 3:23). But we do. Until the Savior intervened, our destiny was fixed: we were headed for eternal separation from God. The Lord cared so much that He willingly set aside His divinity and became a man to live among people whose hearts were far from the Father. In fact, He even came to die on behalf of a world that rejected Him. 

            Today’s passage describes the mystery of an innocent person dying in place of a guilty one. He questions who among us would volunteer to take on the justly deserved punishment of someone else. Perhaps we’d consider helping a righteous person, but Jesus was willing to help the guilty. He voluntarily became our substitute— taking on our sin-debt and enduring the penalty we deserved. God’s wrath was poured out on Him for all our sins. 

            The Savior died on the cross so that we might enter God’s family and live with Him forever. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, our status has been changed from outsider to child of God, from enemy to beloved, and from stranger to friend. No one could care about us more deeply than that. Jesus is truly our loving friend

 
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