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Romans 5:8: Put Love on the Line 

Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2016lovegod_loveothers

We have spent time in the first week of Advent determining how we might best love one another, and we have listened to God’s call to look around, watch out, remember, throw open the doors, develop patience, and get set for eternity.

Now it is time to put our firmly guarded, closely held, carefully protected, love on the line.

But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. (MSG)

When we put aside our fear of opening ourselves to the vulnerability of love, we prepare ourselves for the Wedding Feast.

But God has shown us how much he loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! (GNT)

When we put our lives in the hands of the God who creates us, we step into God’s wonderful plan.

the_habits_of_loveBut God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. (NRSV)

When we follow our brother Jesus, we declare our willingness to be one in the mystical Christ.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in that the Messiah died on our behalf while we were still sinners. (CJB)

When we speak the words the Spirit gives us, pray for our enemies as the Spirit asks of us, and live in The Way the Spirit shows us, we return God’s enormous gift. We agree to put our love on the line.

When we compare varying translations of this verse, we prepare ourselves for the Advent journey and the joy of the gift of Christmas. We prepare to put ourselves fully and steadfastly on the line.

 

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