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What does ✝ = ❤️ really mean?

The cross stands as a symbol of God's boundless love for humanity, transcending our imperfections. It illustrates that God's love is not contingent on our perfection; rather, it is freely given, even when we are still mired in sin. The beauty of this is seen in Romans 5:8 where the Bible says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Salvation cannot be earned but is instead bestowed upon us as a gift through Jesus Christ. This underscores the concept of grace—God's unearned favor and kindness toward us. Understanding this truth, the cross becomes a visual representation of God's love and grace, epitomized in John 3:16. 

Our prayer is that the cross will serve as a reminder of God's generosity, compassion, forgiveness, and grace. Above all, remember that the essence of the cross is love, a love that is extended to each and every one of us. 

Our hope is that all will respond to the love that God has shown us through the cross of Jesus Christ and that all would respond in belief in what Jesus did in the cross for salvation. As Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

For more Bible reading on God’s love and plan for salvation please follow the links below. (Read in order)

Romans 3:23
Romans 6:23
Romans 5:8
Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:13