"I have loved you at your darkest"
I came across Romans 5:8 and instantly loved it. Something about "I have loved you at your darkest" was just simply beautiful to me. It sums up shortly the amazing fact God loves us so deeply, even despite our sin. Even on our worst days, God has an overflowing and overwhelming love for our broken and sinful hearts.
I've read Romans before (such a great book of the bible to read- I really recommended reading it- it's a great place to start!) and I didn't remember it, plus whenever I see verses on Pinterest I typically look them up on Bible Hub to see different translations of it. A lot of art of bible verses on Pinterest is paraphrased and not truly word for word from any version of the Bible.
And that's when I found Romans 5:8 does not say I have loved you at your darkest. Romans 5:8 is "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
And I got confused. I almost bought a bracelet with Romans 5:8 on it, there's millions of "I have loved you at your darkest" pictures and art pieces on pinterest, and people with tattoos of it. All of these are quoted with Romans 5:8 and that phrase isn't really explicably stated anywhere in the bible, in any translation.
But here's the thing. "I have loved you at your darkest" is a statement that sums up the gospel.
I saw this articulation of the gospel the other day on Instagram...
"We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus than we ever dare hope."
That's what I have loved you at your darkest means. It means we are so sinful. Yet God loves us at our absolute darkest moment despite all of our sin. At the moments when we are running from God and turning towards our sin God still loves us.
And that's what the actual Romans 5:8 says. Despite our sin, God loved us more than we can even imagine. And the ultimate proof of his love is Christ dying on the cross.
Something I want to continue to work on this year is constantly reminding myself of the good news of the gospel everyday- whether it's in worship or just taking time to process what sayings and verses like these mean.
Hope you enjoyed this post, made this at the beach a few weeks ago:)
Hang with me- I already broke my New Years resolution to post consistently on this blog. My computer with the editing software I use to edit my pictures died, so I'm still working out how to edit pictures and my blog until I fix it.
I promise I have tons of good stuff planned once I work out technical difficulties :)