But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
A Sunday School prize that I received when I about 7 or 8 years old was a picture frame with this verse on it, (the King James version of course). I always loved the picture which showed a little girl holding a lamb. I didn’t really know what the word ‘commendeth’ meant except that it was something good and I repeated the verse every night before going to bed. Thinking back on it now, the picture has become even more special as I consider the lamb that was slain, the Lamb of God.
The incredible aspect of God’s love for us is that He did not wait until we were good enough to deserve saving. There was no yardstick to measure up to; no criteria to achieving His love. He commended his love toward us while we were yet sinners. There is nothing we could have done to move Him toward such compassion. The truth is, from the moment He created us, He loved us. We owe Him our lives and yet He was the one to give His life for us.