This is part of my manifesto series.
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God loves us unconditionally.
It’s true. Hard to really wrap our brains around it. But true, nonetheless.
God is love. God does not only love, He is the essence and source of love.
8 The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.]
1 John 4:8 Amplified
We must understand that God is not acting in a way that is incongruent with His nature. He acts out of what He is.
Everyone. Anybody. All of us.
We’re all aware of the most popular scripture in the whole Bible. John 3:16. You see it at practically every sporting event. But, do you know? Have you broken it apart and looked at it. I love it in the Message Translation.
Look at how the writer interprets Jesus.
16 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
John 3:16 Message
Now, think about what Jesus is saying about God.
He loves us.
He sent Jesus to save us.
He wants to be with us.
So, John 3:16 probably wins the contest for “Most Recognizable Verse” in the Bible. But, my favorites are John 3:17-18.
17-18 “God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
John 3:17-18 Message
This is what God is about. You can’t just stop at 3:16. We must go on to understand that God sent Jesus, but not save us reluctantly and while judging us. He sent Jesus to save us, as we are.