Devotional For The Week Of 10/8/18- While We Were Still Sinners

(Romans 5:8- But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.)

So many people ask “How can a loving God send people to hell?”, but (1 Timothy 2:4- who desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.) God doesn’t wish for anyone to perish, but He does give us free will. He gives us free will because real love isn’t forced. I’m not sure about you, but I wouldn’t want to marry someone who is forced to love me.

God doesn’t send people to hell, people choose to go to hell. While we were still sinners, God provided a way for us to be saved from eternal damnation (hell) when He came down to earth, put on flesh and took the punishment that we deserved. This was a plan He came up with before we were even born. (Ephesians 1:4-5- Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose us to be His very own through what Christ would do for us; He decided then to make us holy in His eyes, without a single fault—we who stand before Him covered with His love. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. And He did this because He wanted to!)

If God provided a way for us to be saved, why are people still going to hell? Everyday people make a choice: to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior or choose to live with their sin. If people choose their sin instead of Jesus’ sacrifice, God lets them live with their sin forever. Hell was created for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41) after they rebelled against God. People were never supposed to go to hell, but when they choose not to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, they’re rebelling against God. God is our creator and to rebel against Him means to want to be the “god” of your own life. When the devil wanted to be God, he was kicked out of heaven. When people want to be the “god” of their own lives, God lets them, but they will be separated from Him. Hell is eternal separation from God to live life the way you desire. If we reject God on earth, He will reject us in heaven (Matthew 10:33).

Before we got saved we were God’s enemy. Some synonyms for enemy are foe, adversary, and opposer. We opposed God and yet He still loved us because God is love. Even Jesus told us to love for our enemies (Matthew 5:44). He loved Judas even though He knew that he would betray Him. No matter what we do, God will always love us. When people go to hell that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love them, it means that they don’t love God. You can’t love God and love sin.

When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, God no longer sees our sins, He sees Christ’s blood. God is holy and no unclean thing shall inherit the kingdom of God. (Revelation 22:14- Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) are those who wash their robes [in the blood of Christ by believing and trusting in Him—the righteous who do His commandments], so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.) We can’t hold onto sin and expect to go to heaven, we must let it go and allow Jesus to cleanse us.

Romans 8:38-39- For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.)