Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
If a father or mother stated repeatedly to his/her child, “I love you,” but never looked out for the needs of the child or spent time with the child, would the child feel loved? If a husband or wife said to his/her mate, “I love you,” but never did anything for her/him, would the husband or wife feel loved or manipulated? The answers to those two questions are obvious. Words not backed by actions are empty.
Suppose the husband had the funds to give a nice gift to his wife, but only gave her a pack of gum, thoughtless card or a stale donut left over from his meeting at work, would that communicate love to his wife? The thought, time and value of a gift communicates the depth of love for the one it is given to.
Please note the thoughtfulness, value, and timing of God when He gave each of us a gift. He gave His gift at the right time. He gave the most thoughtful gift anyone could – life to dying people. He gave the most valuable gift He could possibly give – His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (in reality, Himself, since Jesus is God). When God says He loves us, we know He means it! His words are backed by sacrificial action.
Have you received His love gift? The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The Bible also says, “But to all who received Him, who believed on His name, to them He gave the right to become children off God,” (John 1:12). We receive the gift of God’s Son, the gift of forgiveness of sins, the gift of eternal life, by believing in Jesus. Have you received this gift of love?
Do you back your, “I love you” with sacrificial action? Can you think of a valuable, thoughtful, timely gift you have given recently to the one you say, “I love you” to? We are to “be imitators of God … and walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us….” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
One last thought, have you remembered how loved you are? God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.