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As I was pondering this passage I found myself thinking about the extravagance of God’s love. What do I mean by extravagance? God went above and beyond what He should have done. He should have condemned us and poured out His wrath upon us but instead He chose to display His love in an astounding way. He sent His Son to woo us back to Himself. My pondering of this turned into a prayer – which went like this…
Baruch ata Adonai. Blessed are You Lord. You have lavished upon me a love that I have yet to understand. It is a love that overpowers my sin, my failure, my worries, my helplessness, my apathy. You continue to love me no matter what because of the magnanimous work of Christ on the cross.
More and more would You, by Your Spirit, enable me to grasp how long and wide and high and deep is the love of Christ that I may experience the fulness of knowing You. More and more would You root me in Your nourishing love so that I may grow and enjoy the vitality of my relationship with You. More and more would You draw me into Your passionate embrace that I may incarnate that same love to the people around me.
I am grateful that because of Your great love I am “more than a conqueror.” I am grateful that because of Your great love that NOTHING can ever separate me from You. I am grateful that You went above and beyond and demonstrated Your love in that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me.
Next Week’s Passage: Romans 9:1-5
Memory Verses: Romans 8:1-22