You Are Loved!
“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.” - John 3:16
It’s on billboards, bumperstickers and t-shirts, it became the slogan of a famous wrestler, and if you ask anyone on the street, there’s a good chance the first bible reference they come up with would be John 3:16.
In one sentence, it’s the basic story of the work of Jesus. If you grew up in the church, you may have even learned it as a roadmap for what we’re called to do - believe. But the most compelling part of that entire verse, may be the first six words.
For God so loved the world…
Did you catch it?
Let me say it again, with a little more emphasis.
For God so loved the world…
In this verse, that sums up the work of Jesus and the Mission of God, we are given the very clear and very simple motivation that God had for engaging with the world, with us - LOVE!
It wasn’t just that we were on the wrong tracks and God wanted to right the ship. It wasn’t just our separation from God due to the disease of sin. It wasn’t just that we were hopelessly lost and couldn’t find our way home. And it was NOT that God was disappointed in us, or angry at us, or hated us. NO, it was love that motivated God. It was love for us that motivated God to do what he did in Jesus.
Love is the basis, the foundation, the deepest fundamental truth about God. It is what drew God to us, and I believe it is the most real, most true, most genuine motivation that compels us to God.
In this season… in this long winter that we’re living through right now, it is so easy to get angry, frustrated, bitter, resentful. We are all tired of living a life that is so much less than we envisioned a year ago. It’s so easy to lose sight of the fact that you are loved. And not just by a parent or a spouse or a child. You’re not just loved by a friend, a cousin, a special grandparent. You are loved by GOD!
Let me say that again,
God loves YOU! FULL STOP.
is no truer, no more real, no more important thing that you need to know. Today. Right now. Hear me when I say this, GOD LOVES YOU!
And that is why God came. Because God loves you!
If you hear nothing else today, please, hear that. If you do nothing else today, ponder the fact that God loves you. If you’re stressed about making a decision, if you’re uncertain about which voices in the world, in the media, on social media, in your home or in your own head to believe, believe this: GOD LOVES YOU.
And I’m Welcoming YOU to Grow in Jesus at Canonsburg UP Church!
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