Each day we wake up anxious to do good, anxious to avoid evil at all cost. And that anxiety always seems to have gotten the best of us by the time we run out of strength, lucidity, sobriety. Yet, how much good did we do for Christ Jesus to have died on the cross for us?
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
We may take pride in doing good. And doing good always seems great until we no longer can do any more good or that it seems to be a struggle.
When we engage ourselves in the idea that we’re afraid of doing anything wrong then fear mostly seems to be the leading factor of our accomplishments. Yet, when we instead welcome each challenge as opportunity to learn something new, then the joy of such newly found opportunity seems then the leading cause of the accomplishments that follow.
Do we act as a consequence of our worries or as motivated by newly found opportunities?
Romans 5:8 was meant to set our minds at ease. It was meant to reassure us that God is not holding and had never had in mind to hold a 2×4 to whack us the next moment we mess up.
When we go by God’s definition of love for us, we’re to feel at peace with ourselves, we’re to feel at peace with God. Nevertheless, such definition is not always the first thing that comes to mind when we’re about to go the wrong way. But, like the medication following the sickness, remembering God’s love for us always put our minds to rest even as we’re in line ready to pay for the consequences of our recent mess.
Now that’s the peace of God reigning in the heart of anyone who remembers that God loves him and works out everything to his benefit, even the death of His own Son, Jesus.
God justifies the ungodly because Christ died for the ungodly to demonstrate God’s love for the ungodly. Blessed are we who’re justified by God, rather than by anything we could possibly do.
“However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” (Romans 4:5)
It’s God, not goods, that sets our minds at rest. What we do today may change color or decay with time. But what God has done to us and for us and in us through Christ Jesus, that is unchangeable. His eternal love for us serves us confidence and strength of his presence in us even as we find ourselves entangled in the messiest situation. That is the God, Christ Jesus came to help us relate to, the God he came to show to our naked eyes and minds.