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where the gospel comes in

5 And hope does not put us to shame (does not disappoint us), because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. — Romans 5:5

The Apostle Paul says that God has poured his love into the hearts of those who follow him. But how can you be sure of God’s love? How has he proved his love?

That’s where the gospel comes in. God did so by allowing Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and then raised him to life again.

The cross reminds us that God is also acquainted with pain and suffering.

The resurrection of Jesus is extremely relevant for those who’ve been victims of injustice or have been gutted by betrayal.

The resurrection is highly relevant for those who face every day with pain.

The message is this: Suffering and death do not have the final word.

A day is coming when pain, failed relationships, bitterness, depression, and death will be put behind us.

Or to put it another way: It makes a big difference whether we believe Jesus is dead or alive.

What we believe about that question makes all the difference in the world.