Verse of the Day 5-27-21

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

We often times view God as being angry and vengeful for the simple reason that we are angry and vengeful. However, that is not the picture of God that is painted for us in the scriptures. Even in the Old Testament with God’s constant punishment of the people of Israel for their sins he is never pictured or described as being angry and vengeful. God is not looking to condemn you. God is looking to save you, but he is not going to force you to do something that you don’t want to do. God loves you enough to give you a choice. And that choice is made crystal clear in the rest of the verses from this passage: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people 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 their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been in the sight of God.”(John 3:18-21 NIV). You have a choice: you can either believe that God is everything that he says that he is and live your life according to that or you can reject everything God says about himself and live your life in accordance to that belief. Just remember your actions have consequences and that those consequences do not mean that God has stopped loving you. God is not in the business of condemning people, but he is the business of loving people.

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