Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, 7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul was writing to the Christians in Rome, but what he says about them is also true for all believers at all times, so when he says that they are loved by God that is also true of you and me.
To be loved by God is an amazing truth that we do not want to take lightly. In fact, we diminish God’s love toward us when we think of it as something that we deserve. The truth of the matter is neither you nor I are lovable. Before God saved us we were his enemies, full of hatred towards him, rebellious, and spiteful towards him. We were in fact God haters. When God would look upon us there was nothing lovable about us. That was our condition prior to our salvation.
Despite our state of ugliness God chose to save us, to give us a new heart, to cleanse us of our sins, to cover us in the robe of righteousness and to place us in Christ. Having done that God’s love shines bright in our life, not by our merit, but because of the merit of Christ given to us. We are loved with all the fullness of the love of the godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) just as they love one another because of Christ.
This my friends is a glorious truth that we should not be casual about, but should spend stop and take some time to ponder his love, meditate on his love. Let this truth warm your heart end encourage your soul. We don’t deserve such love from God, but he graciously gives it to us because he chose us to be in Christ from the foundation of the world.