For God So Loved… Me

Daily God Walk for Sunday, October 9, 2011

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. – John 2:16-17 

This is the most wonderful, and probably most quoted, passage in the entire Bible. It is the central theme of Scripture. It is both the center and the circumference. This idea was in the mind of God from before creation and it remains his plan today.

I have modified this verse to read, “For God so loved (insert your name) that he gave his one and only Son, that [when] (insert your name) believes in him [he/she] shall not perish but have eternal life.” I have found that something powerful happens when we make this verse personal by inserting our own name.

It has been my blessing to lead many people in what is commonly called the sinners prayer. I call it the commitment prayer because it is a prayer of committing our life to Christ. As part of leading people to this prayer I will often quote this verse, then I will share the verse with their name inserted. It is a wonderful thing to watch them as they suddenly realize that God really does love them enough to give his best for them.

Some people do not understand the God of love. They may see him as a god of vengeance who angrily punishes those who do not give him unwavering service. Some see him as the celestial fire escape and only call on him when their life is going up in flames. Others see him as the law giver who has so many rules to follow that they could never please him.

It grieves God when people have these misperceptions about him. Verse 17 tells us, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” God’s hope is that the entire world would believe in Christ and be saved, but the greatest source of grief for him is that many will not receive the gift he gave in Jesus, the Christ, his only begotten son.

Be thankful that God has shown his love to mankind through the offering his Son so that we might have eternal life.

 Prayer: Thank you Lord for the gift you gave to the world. Amen.

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