Our Bible verse for today: “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God loves you sacrificially”
As promised, tomorrow we will begin a discussion about how important it is to love yourself. Not in a narcissistic way, but the way that God loves you. We’ll get into that tomorrow, but for today we need to think a little more about just how deeply and completely God does love us.
John 3:16 is without question one of the most important verses in the Bible. But in some respects, it has almost become a throw-away verse. I mean that it is used so often and so casually, often superficially, that it has lost much of its impact in the minds of people. So let’s take a moment this morning to really plumb the depths of the incredible truth that’s being revealed to us in this verse.
John tells us here that the Father’s love for us is so great, that He gave His Son as a sacrifice in order to save us so that we can one day be in heaven with Him too. Those words are intended to mean something to us. They were intentionally chosen by God to evoke images in our minds that we can relate to, images that will tug at our heart strings and help us to understand how important we are to God.
Are you a parent? Do you have a child you love so much that words can’t describe how precious he or she is to you? That’s how God the Father feels about His Son Jesus, only infinitely more so. The depth of your love for your child can’t even begin to approach the depth of His love for His Son. Now imagine giving your precious child to a vicious and cruel man to be abused, tortured and killed right before your eyes. Can you stand to even think about it without your jaw clenching and your blood pressure going up?
But this is what God did for us. That is what was necessary in order to rescue us from our sins. How precious to God must you be for Him to allow His Son to suffer like that in order to rescue you? The Father must love you much, much more than you realize. You must be precious to Him beyond words!
God doesn’t just love you. He loves you sacrificially. He loves you to the point of suffering for you. He loves you with agape love – unconditionally, without limit, and without end. I encourage you to spend some time this morning thinking about His great love for you and praising Him for it. Tomorrow we will begin thinking about learning to love ourselves the way that God loves us.