Scripture: Proverbs 7-9, Romans 9

Romans 9:1-3 I am speaking the truth; I belong to Christ and I do not lie. My conscience, ruled by the Holy Spirit, also assures me that I am not lying 2when I say how great is my sorrow, how endless the pain in my heart 3for my people, my own flesh and blood! For their sake I could wish that I myself were under God’s curse and separated from Christ.

Observation/application

Is there anyone I love so much that I’d be willing to be lost so they could be saved?

That’s how much Paul loved his people, the Jews.

Twice he assures us that he is not lying, he is telling the truth.  His sorrow is great, the pain in his heart is endless for his people.  Then this stunning statement: “For their sake I could wish that I myself were under God’s curse and separated from Christ.”

It is one thing to offer your physical life to save another—many have done that.  But to offer your eternal life—that’s hard to imagine.  That’s a deep love.

There are a handful of people—family and closest friends—that I love that much.  But for Paul, this was all his race, his nation—millions of people that he didn’t even know, but whom were lost, far from God.

I’ve always thought it important to have a heart for the lost.  Here is the ultimate example.  This challenges me to deeply care for people who are far from Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, give me the heart of Paul—and the heart of Jesus—for those who are lost and far from You.  Don’t let me settle for not caring about lost people.  Help me to love each person I meet—and beyond.