“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 3:16-17
Application to life:
Among some of the top most quoted verses in the Bible sits John 3:16. The verse is powerful and tells the story of a man who was born to save the world. He came in and, though he was beaten and mocked, he saved everyone. Those who recognize that Jesus did this have been told that they will be saved as said in Romans 10:13.
God ultimately showed us what an amazing love he has for by sending Jesus to saves us from perishing. I love the next part as it says that he did this to save the world and not to condemn us. We have been brought into the light not because it hurts but to show what is true and right.
What does this scripture do to change our lives? Many scriptures can be easily applied because they have clear instructions (like the ten commandments) but here we are given information and it helps us to be made aware of what and why God sent Jesus. We apply this to our lives by accepting Christ and realizing that he died for us.
God lets us know that he sent Jesus, not to condemn but to save us, because he does not want us to stay in a season of sadness. Realizing what was done for me was a moment where I was overcome with emotion because of how I was living my life. Later I realized that through the season of learning about Jesus’ character I grew the most.
A Worshipper’s Word:
Jesus is so merciful and loving. Before accepting Christ in my life I would explain my character as cold and guarded. I had no regard for the feelings of others and lived in a very calculated manner. There was a lot of hurt and in order to be “okay” I pushed aside the emotions and lived basically as a modern day robot.
God does not want that for our lives. He wants us to build and have meaningful relationships both with him and with others. By explaining our triumphs and hurts with each other we can begin a process of healing and also of encouragement. By praying and speaking with God about such things we are opening ourselves up to his ways and starting a much-needed relationship.