But

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)

It’s only a 3-letter conjunction, yet it can change the entire meaning of a passage.

But.

In context:

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7-8)

The word but turns the former verse from despair to bliss.

If Satan whispers in your ear, “No one would die for you.  You’re not worth it.  A good person, maybe, but you?”–remember this word:

But.

It’s true that, in the way of the world, there’s no hope for sinners.  People don’t step up to take the electric chair for murderers, or the firing squad for betrayers, or even time in prison for embezzlers.  People don’t read the newspaper and watch the news so they can find a criminal to trade places with, as in: I’ll take your punishment and you take my freedom. 

We just don’t do that kind of thing.  We might stand up for people we love, or the innocent (we might), but for someone who is totally evil, through-and-through?  Never.

Yet to God (who sees things as they really are), we are all evil, through-and-through.  And here is where that essential, life-changing conjunction comes into fruition:

But.

God is not like us.

We wouldn’t die for the wretches . . but God would.

We wouldn’t give the most heinous criminals our freedom . . but God did.

We wouldn’t sacrifice our joy to take a villain’s sorrow . . but God has.

But.

It’s the start of a very beautiful promise.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)

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