You’re either very familiar with John 3:16 or you’ve heard it repeated sometime. You may have even seen a sign with it at many sports events.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not
perish but have eternal life.”
We’ve been impressed with the theme this year of seeing as God sees which includes God’s love for us and everyone. That’s why we want to continue sharing weekly devotional thoughts to encourage and fortify God’s amazing love for you.
I like how Ed Elliott puts it. “When you know that God has made you righteous and that he loves you, accepts you, and is well pleased with you, it changes everything. You begin to reign. You begin to walk and talk like a child of the Most High. You begin to live out your destiny.”
God’s love for you far surpasses your measure of love. Even if you’ve fallen in love and felt you loved someone so much, God’s love for you goes beyond that. Many times we measure God through our personal experiences. That’s okay, but if our experiences render a negative about God’s love, then we have a wrong picture of God and of His love for us.
Notice two descriptive words in John 3:16, “For God so loved…” Those two words really contain the entirety of God and how He feels about you. So loved is not just an infatuation with. It’s more than being ‘head over heels in love’. And, it’s above and beyond having a strong like for someone. It’s beyond everything we can roll into the meaning of the word LOVE.
The same disciple (John) who shares the good news of God’s love in John 3:16, further amplifies it 1 John 4:10, NLT. “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” God provides everything we need to live a joyful life here on earth—and for eternity. He loves to give because He’s a giver.
Get an expanded picture of God’s love. Expand your thoughts of His love for you. He loves you – just the way you are and where you are. He doesn’t care about your past. He doesn’t take into account failures along the way. He so loves YOU.
Understand, His love is extravagant. That means it’s more than you can imagine, and when you imagine the most you can, it’s even bigger than that. He doesn’t hold back from you at all; in fact, He wants to give you even more than you’ve experienced. Meditate and think about God’s love—that He so loves you.
The more you center your thoughts and then beliefs on God’s love for you, the more you’ll experience greater love, joy, and peace each day. Know and understand if He so loved, then He still loves.