For God so loved the world

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.  John 3:16-21

God in His grace and mercy has sent His son Jesus to die for our sins.  None of us deserved salvation, but God in His love, grace, and mercy choose to make the way available for salvation.  It is through Christ that we are set free and this through faith alone.  It is through faith alone that we are born again and it is through faith alone that we receive all things from God.

Those who choose to reject Jesus Christ simply do so because they desire and love this world more than they love God and His ways.  God’s kingdom is opposite of this world and its ways.  God’s kingdom is based upon laying down one’s life and worshiping God alone.  This world is all about chasing after every selfish desire and worship one’s self.

Those who chase after this world and its desires fail to understand that they are enslaved to Satan and to the darkness.  They believe themselves to be free, but in fact they are simply in bondage to the desires of the sinful nature.  They believe they are experiencing all that life has to offer, but they fail to understand that true life is found in Jesus Christ.

To follow Jesus means that we are willing to humble ourselves before God and give our whole lives over to Him.  We are called to lay down everything at the foot of the cross and take up our cross and follow Him.  Following Jesus is not easy and at times is very difficult.  But through it all God has promised to give us the grace and strength we need for everything we will face.  He will always meet every need that we have.

As we grow in Him and the knowledge of His word, we become more and more like Him.  This is the transforming power of the Holy Spirit within us.  As our minds are transformed by God’s word our lives are transformed.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit is produced and we move from a place of immaturity to maturity in the Lord.

His will and desires for our lives become the driving force in our lives.  We no longer desire the darkness and the desires of the flesh, we desire all that God has for us and we walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  We become a vessel of His light and His glory through which He accomplishes His plans and purposes on the earth.  May we draw near with our whole heart and simply abide in Him.

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