For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Let’s sit here and think about what these words really mean to you?
For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only son!
Have you ever loved a parent, friend, spouse etc… so much that in order to save their life you would have to give up the most precious thing you have?
Really put some thought to this.
No one on this earth could ever make such a sacrifice, right? Why is it so hard then to love and obey the ONE God that did this very act of love for us?
Are we so consumed with our flesh and feelings that we’ve become what we were not created to be?
Think about those precious words again for a minute, and while you say them look in a mirror.
For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only son.
Now, how does that make you feel? Did you see or hear anything different saying those words looking yourself in the mirror?
Many times we hear words but do not actually absorb them the way we should. When you say them while looking yourself face to face in the mirror, you hear them loud and clear.
God made the ultimate sacrifice for us and we in return ignore Him for who He truly is.
Now let’s examine the rest of the words.
That whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life!
WOW! You mean all you have to do is believe and you never die?
Yes and No! Anyone can say they believe and not really believe.
Believing is within your heart not mind.
I can tell myself all day that I believe in something, but if my heart isn’t feeling it…it’s nothing more then a thought, a thought that can cost you eternity in Hell!
We all need to search ourselves and this scripture out more to see exactly where our belief lives.
*Mind or Spirit*
God has promised us eternal life as long as we believe. Believe that He sent us His one and Only son. Believe that Christ Jesus died a horrible death on a lonely Cross with thorns in His head and flesh falling off of His bones. Why did this happen? Because He loved us so much!!!
We are not owed His love or eternal life! We are so undeserving as humans, yet we still live in our old ways of life not wanting to change for anyone. How selfish this human race has become! When will we see the bigger picture? Our days are numbered but not guaranteed!!!
For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
It’s time to rethink our daily routines and habits. Time to fall on our knees and repent for our actions. Time to give Thanks and Praise where it is due. Time to see the Blessings that are right in front of you if you’d only take your blinders off. Time to wipe the sweat off your brow because you made it another day by the Grace and Mercy of our loving Father and Savior Christ Jesus. Another chance to make it right in your heart. Your mind is the devils playground! He wants you to believe that you have received the blessing of eternal life without you having to change. Believe in your heart and be filled with the Holy Spirit before your number comes up.
Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
Some will ask how I came to this conclusion. Some will ask, why should I believe?
For awhile now my family and I have been going through some really hard times. Trials I should say.
I’ve always said that those trials are put in place to make us better people for one reason or the other. We don’t always understand at the moment, but it always come to light in the future. If your eyes and ears are open I must tell you. If you are close minded, you will never see the reason for the trials.
I have been begging God to please show me what it is that I or my family is doing wrong so that we can come out of this season. When I say that it has been hard, it has been the hardest season I have ever been through in my entire life!
A few nights ago I was lying in bed trying to go to sleep. God started speaking to me the scripture John 3:16. This went on for at least an hour. He kept telling me to get up and write. I begged to please just let me go to sleep and I promise that I will write tomorrow. Never really wanting too. He knew my mind, I fell asleep only to be woke up a hour later by my husband coming home from work. There went my mind again! I said what could I possibly have to say about John 3:16 that hasn’t already been said. Also, how could I Angel ever add anything any better then what’s already been said???
I am a Christian woman but I do not consider myself to be extremely well versed in the bible. I know the basics and learning more and more every day, but to write something down to help anyone else was crazy to me. I assumed that it was to help other people and not myself by the way. NEVER ASSUME!!!
I finally went to sleep that night and was on my way to work. I always listen to my favorite Christian station, K-Love. Well this morning was different. As usual they were playing songs and then started talking about different stuff that was going on in the news. The last thing I heard was how there was a commerical playing on the TV the night before during one of the football games. The commerical was children reciting the verse JOHN 3:16. I thought you have got to be kidding me! That was that. My mind started up all over again. I told God, okay you win. When I get home I will write my little heart away, and that’s exactly what I did.
I opened my bible and started writing. I tried to go through the verse sentence by sentence. I wrote and decided that what I was writing was the same old stuff everyone else had written through the years. The same old stuff the Pastor’s had been preaching on for all these years. I said see God, I told you that I couldn’t do anything any better then had already been done. I laid my pen and paper down and was just done. I could not do this. I am not the person you want to do this.
The next day I had a discussion with my husband about people sinning and how they needed to stop doing what they were doing because it was hurting everyone. Little did I know that God was going to use my husband that day to get me good. My husband is a great man but what he had to tell me was not making me a happy wife. He tried to tell me that sin is sin. Yes I know that in God’s eyes sin is sin, but that wasn’t what I wanted to hear. I wanted to hear that what the person was doing was a horrible act of sin and that my sin was a much lesser sin that wouldn’t destory lives.
I don’t think that I spoke to my poor husband much that day until I was getting off of work and on my way home. Everything he had said was completely true and I knew but did not want to hear it. Again, God had other plans for me. He used that whole event to make me take another look into John 3:16.
I came home and got on my cpmputer this time to start typing everything out. I tend to do a lot better work on the computer instead of writing. Things started making sense to me all of a sudden. God was finally trying to answer my prayer if I would only let Him. If I would only stop talking and open my eyes and ears.
John 3:16 was for me all along.
God knew that I truely wanted to change whatever it was that I needed to change about myself in order to better serve Him. He knew my heart was in the right place but I just couldn’t get there on my own. My flesh was trying to take over my spirit, but I had to let the Spirit take over my flesh! This is what we all must do in order to show God that we are not taking His promise for granted and that we all want to better ourselves for the Glory of God.
We can not continue going around judging others by the sins and mistakes that they make. We have to get our own lives in order before we can ever try to get anyone else’s in order. Fact of the matter is, we will never be completely free of sin as long as we are here on this earth.