“God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”
This verse in John is used quite frequently when people are sharing the gospel with others. The whole verse proclaims that God loved the world SO incredibly much that He choose to send His son to take our place.
Think about those first words. “For God so loved the world”.
God loves us. The world.
It doesn’t say:
God loves the Christians who go to church every Sunday.
God loves the perfectionists who follow every single one of His rules.
God loves the people who drink fair trade coffee and buy bracelets made by women escaping sex trafficking.
It says: God so loved the world. The whole world.
The 7.125 billion people that inhabit space on this earth.
God loves every single one.
Not that any of those statements are wrong, but often times we have a narrow view of God’s love as we interact with people.
God loves the person that cut you off in traffic this morning on your way to church.
God loves the roommate that you just simply can’t stand.
God loves the person who disagrees with your political stance.
God loves the homeless man you see holding the sign on the side of the highway exit.
God loves the Muslim man who died saving a group of Christians in Kenya.
God loves the thousands of refugees escaping oppression in their home lands.
God loves the world.
God sent His son to die for these people.
Since God loves relentlessly, who are we to judge and condemn others? We are not the ones who decides whether someone is worthy of God’s love or not. That is not our role. We are not called to be judges and condemners of other people’s worth in the Kingdom of God. We are simply called to love God, love others, and make disciples. This means living a life glorifying of God and sharing the love of God with the people around you.
I was recently convicted of this idea of continually seeing others the way God sees them.
Valuable and precious in his sight.
God loved us at our darkest moment (Romans 5:8). Why is it so hard sometimes to believe that God can love others at their darkest moments as well?
Jesus died for the 7.125 billion people currently inhabiting the Earth and billions of people that came before us and will come after us.
Jesus died for the whole earth regardless of beliefs, actions, opinions, mistakes, nationality, and religion.
He died for the whole earth, not just a select few people.
We have all been extended grace by God. Grace beyond our imaginings can fall into our open hands.
The choice now is to choose to accept the grace extended by God, and to choose to view this broken and messed up world through His eyes.
God continues to love us with a relentless, matchless love, so we should share that love with the world.