Romans 5:8 has to be one of my absolute favorite verses. I think it beautifully portrays the depths of God’s vast love for us—and sometimes it can even be overwhelming.
But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
It’s not, “Christ died for us after we tried cleaning lives up” or “God loved us whenever we tried to do everything right.” It’s “while we were still sinners.”
God’s love is not a because of love, but an in spite of love. We were rebels, yet He loved us enough to send His Son to dwell with us and to provide our salvation. What a compassionate God!
One of my favorite songs that helps illustrate so many thoughts that this verse provokes is Jordan Kauflin’s “All I Have is Christ.” (I was introduced to this song in 2008 at the Next Conference.)
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will.
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still.
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross.
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace.
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life
Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me.
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose.
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You.
© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI), by Jordan Kauflin