Year of Calling: Loved

 

Week 9 Word: Loved

Week 9 Text: Romans 5:8

Written By: Whitney Putnam

 

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

 

I would die for my two little blondes or my tall, handsome husband, but if you asked me if I would die for a man in ISIS, I would cringe.

 

But this is the gospel.

 

Because in the realm of evil vs. good, I was born evil.

 

I was born the enemy.

 

And I’m not sure the Internet is the best way to say this, but so were you. And the only way to understand how loved you are, is to first know where your true beginnings.

 

Prior to Romans 5:8 we read these verses:

 

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man – though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.” Romans 5:6-7 (NASB)

 

For the good man, one might die, but for the man beheading fellow Christians… But for the man living in his affair…
But for the woman living out her addiction, slowly ruining her family…
But for the selfish pride that rips through my being every single day…

 

God said I will die for this sin and that sin and all the sins because in His realm, any sin keeps us from His Holy Majesty.

 

But He loved us so He sent His Son to prove His love.

 

Because before Christ, you and I were no better than ISIS.

 

(And before you close this blog because you disagree, please pause to ponder this love.)

 

Romans continues, “Much more then, having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through him. (Romans 5:9 NASB)

 

“Justified” is a fancy seminary word for this — YOU ARE WEARING WHITE.
CLEAN.

 

NOT GUILTY. FREE.

 

When you surrender to Jesus and you declare that He did, in fact, love His enemies (you, me, all of us) so much that He sent His Son to redeem humanity, then you are in fact, justified. YOU ARE IN WHITE.

 

But thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of women, have said yes to this love of Christ, love given to them while they were still His enemies. But, do you know how we are still living?

 

Guilty.

 

We are still acting like there is some kind of filth on us. When the love of Christ removed every ounce of guilt our hearts have ever carried.

 

YOU’VE BEEN SET FREE.

 

So dear daughter, in order to live “loved” we must experience the richness of our new, free lives. And this life should be the grounds from which women can shout the love of a Savior, echoing into every neighborhood, city and church. These are the grounds of freedom, and the land is calling your name.

 

Application Questions:

 

1. Find a quiet place where you can meditate for five minutes. Let yourself remember who you once were in your sin. Maybe even recall one incident and allow the Lord to physically be present, watching you in your sin. Now, let yourself realize that even as God walked through that sin with you, His love never ended. Then let that give way to praise.

 

2. Get out a paper and pencil and draw a stick figure of yourself. Think about the guilt you carry. Maybe it is heavily in your mind and your thought life. Or maybe it is what your eyes have seen or where your feet have gone. Whatever it is, draw it on that sheet of paper. On the back of that paper, draw a completely new creation, one wearing a new white dress. Place this in your closet and every time you get dressed this week, remember: all your guilt has been removed! You are wearing white!

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