John 3:16: 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 so loved – God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” A parent may love his child and desire his welfare, and yet be strongly opposed to the conduct of that child. The world refers to all humanity. This does not mean any particular sect, creed, religion or race, but to every man and woman created by Him, part of the human race that had rebelled and that deserved to die.
When we stop and look at the circumstances at the time of His wondrous gift, we should always be eternally grateful. The entire world was in sin, and exposed to the wrath of God., and all of humanity were living in hopelessness without salvation. For salvation to be accomplished God had to give His only Son. The world had no right to receive the gift of God of themselves; it was a gift – an undeserved gift resulting of the death of Christ upon the cross. Jesus tasted “spiritual death for all mankind,” He died for us all. The gift of God was a free and unmerited gift, as it pleased God to give his Son into the hands of men to die in their place. It was the greatest act of compassion and movement of love that sinners should not perish forever, but be redeemed by the blood of Christ shed on Calvary.
Never has a greater love been so mistreated, never has a greater love been abused, rejected, forsaken, and trampled upon than the love of our God. It is the love of God which we must look at in order to find an answer to dealing with our own love issues. “For God so loved the world”. God still loved after all the rejection by mankind. God still cared for us with a love so powerful that it had no conditions, had no restraint; it was in love that He gave His Son to die for our sins.
Looking at the situation from the human condition seems impossible. Year after year; decade after decade; century after century even stretching into millenniums, the human race was never faithful to God. Yet the love of God carried no bitterness, it harbored no ill will, it showed no restraint, but freely gave that we might be redeemed.
If God had reacted to all the unfaithfulness of man, and given love in the way that we do with our wounded hearts, there would be no Calvary; There would be no empty tomb; There would be no intercessor for our sins; There simply would be no salvation. Thank God for His love in Christ Jesus.
Grace, love, and the salvation of God in Christ Jesus is with us always, and is always the same yesterday, today and forever. It is from everlasting to everlasting. These blessings flow from the goodness and mercy of God, and not from our own merit, or by anything of which we can boast. We are the recipients of His great mercy and loving kindness given freely to us. We must always be cognizant to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness given to us on Calvary. We receive the love of God freely that He provides to us, His children. When we are down, broken, rebellious, undeserving, and even spiteful His grace is sufficient heal our hearts, forgive our sins, and supply all our needs.
- Amazing Grace- God’s Love- Christ Died for Us (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
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- For God So Loved… (trinitymilford.wordpress.com)
Categories: Comfort, Cross, Forgiveness, God, Grace, Jesus, Love, Salvation
John 3:16 is the single most known verse in the New Testament by believers and sinners alike, and for good reason, it is a powerful truth which sets people free.
Darrell, below is the parts of your message that really really got to me. It is so sad that we still reject His love, mercy and grace every day!!
‘Never has a greater love been so mistreated, never has a greater love been abused, rejected, forsaken, and trampled upon than the love of our GOD.
Year after year; decade after decade; century after century even stretching into millenniums, the human race was never faithful to God. Yet the love of God carried no bitterness, it harbored no ill will, it showed no restraint, but freely gave that we might be redeemed.’
Shalom Bro to you and yours.
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