John 3:16 (by Gary Roberts)

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” John 4:10

It’s amazing to me to see signs at major events with the words, John 3:16 on them. I wonder how many people know what that’s referring to. We know that this scripture speaks of God’s love. God’s love is for the entire world. It’s the same love that God has for each one of us personally. We can picture God loving the world – but God loving me as an individual – now that’s something else. But God does love each of us as if we were God’s only child.

How important not to base the love that God has for us on our relationships with other people. There are few relationships with other people that are above some kind of loose friendship. Let’s face it most of the world rejects us – in that we don’t make much of a difference in their lives. But God isn’t like people. God isn’t just another piece in the jigsaw puzzle of life. God is the creator and sustainer of all the pieces in the puzzle of life.

Let us base our belief on what God says about His love for us in His word. John tells us that God is love – a love that is not partial or prejudiced. God loves us as if there were only one of us to love. This love is not based on feelings or performance. It is based on the Word of God. God says He loves us – that’s enough for me. Let it be enough for us. So the next time you see a sign with John 3:16 on it think of how loved you are by God.

Let us pray: Dear Lord thank you for loving me as if I were Your only child. Help me to remember this when things don’t go just as I had hoped. Help me not to let my feelings get in the way of such a great love. I can just be and You will love me. That encourages me and gives me hope in the living of my days. I pray this in the Name of the One You sent to show the Way – Jesus. Amen.

 

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