“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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18 (NIV)
Do You Believe?
It might be easy to believe that I love the world. But do you believe that I love you? Do you know that I sent my one and only Son into the world to live and die for you? He was ridiculed and rejected. He ultimately died on the cross as payment for your sins. He made it so you could be forgiven of your sins and cleansed of all your unrighteousness. Without His sacrifice, you stood condemned before me. Without His salvation, you would have lived a life forever without me. But I was unwilling to let that happen to you. It was always my plan that you would receive my Son as your Savior and Lord. It was always my hope that you would come to know and love and follow and serve me. It was always my desire that you would live and walk in an intimate relationship with me. What do you think of my plan and hope and desire for you? Your plan and hope and desire for me has become the desire of my heart. I have no doubt that you love me. Yes, it is my delight to follow Christ as my Savior and Lord. Now because you love me, it has become my burning passion and desire to love and follow and serve you. I am thankful and grateful for the life of salvation you have given me to live. I am constantly looking for ways to do what is pleasing to you. Why is that? I want to do what is pleasing to you because I love you. You are my Father. I am your child. You have adopted me into your family. You have made me your own. Yes, you are mine. What do you now look forward to as you love and follow and serve me? I look forward to where you will lead me. I look forward to what you will give me to do for you. I look forward to living the life of salvation that is unfolding before me now and forever. I look forward to bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name. Most of all, I look forward to coming to live forever in heaven with you. That will be a very great and glorious day. Yes, it will be.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your one and only Son into the world to die on the cross as payment for my sins. Thank you for the gift of salvation I have received through Him. He is my Savior and Lord. It is now my delight to love, follow and serve you. Amen
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