Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Journey to the Cross - Day 24

Lent Day 24 - Tuesday, March 20
John 3:16    "God Loves ALL"
"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.  And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life." (Message)
     Peter Hanson of d365.org concentrates today on the first part of this best known and memorized New Testament scripture.  The part about God's love; love that is for all of us, regardless of race, economics, politics, geography, spirituality or purity.  Love for the "good, the bad, and the ugly".  Love for saints and sinners.  An all-inclusive love.  We can grasp the concept of that love, but it is harder to turn it around and say "We are all loved by God."  Now WE are the subject of the statement, and we don't always make it the same all-inclusive loving WE that God uses.  WE means noisy neighbors, prison inmates, terrorists.  WE means rude businesses and friends who break promises.  WE means we share a common bond that we don't always want to share.  Do we treat each other with God's brand of inclusive love?
     How great was God's love for all of us?  He gave the most precious possession he had - his Son.  We can understand that kind of love....the love of a child.  It's a huge kind of love beyond description. 
     "Here's the gospel in a nutshell: God loves us.  All of us.  The whole world.  No exceptions." (ph)

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