For here is the way God loved the world—he gave his only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.
God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it! So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the name of the only Son of God.
What a beautiful reminder of God’s ultimate promise – a promise of redemption and salvation, rooted in an everlasting love!
These are verses that are often very familiar. Many of us learned to recite them from a very early age. Sometimes I fear that their familiarity causes us to rush through them taking their real meaning for granted. We know the words of this beautiful promise but we may not always live in the freedom that it provides. What would it look like if we aimed to live each day in the power and the hope that these words provide for the world?
Spend some time today thinking about what Jesus did for us, the promise of salvation, and what that means to you personally. How can you begin to create a habit of really living in light of this promise this year?
Pray and thank God for His Son, Jesus, and the gift He gave us by His sacrifice.