“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.” John 3:16-17

These verses in John are a few of the core verses that explain God’s extreme love for us. With our human brains, it is hard to understand how big that love is. We are limited because we can only relate to how we feel about our favorite people and things.

God’s love for us is so deep and wide and unconditional. It is always present, never changing, and not based on our response at all. We cannot measure it on a human scale, and we can only try to grasp it by realizing what God did for us because of His love.

From the beginning of time, God created the heavens and the earth, the land and the sea, animals and plants, man and woman. We were separated from God as humans by our sinful actions. Here, He had to come up with a way to set us free from the debt that we owed and connect with us as His children.

Instead of requiring us to work off our debt, pay a large fine, sit in detention, or spend eternity in a scary and dark place, God gave us His only Son as payment in full. He not only set us free – He paid our debt completely, and He still wants a relationship with us too – no questions asked.

Jesus was sent to save the world. He came down in human form to teach us, guide us, and prepare us for living life in a sinful world. He did not spend his 30+ years on earth trying to look down on humans. He spent His time healing, listening, loving, taking care of, teaching, and spreading this refreshing news.

All we have to do is believe. We don’t have to perform, perfect, accomplish, or even understand it all completely. We just have to admit our need for God and believe what He says.

We stop working so hard to correct our mistakes and ask Him to take the burden for us. It’s really our only chance for freedom, peace, and eternal life. It gives God the room to work on us, and it forces us to let go of the outcome. God’s plan is always better than our’s, right?

Take away: God loved us so much that He gave us Jesus. He loves us so much that He gave us His most precious gift – He gave it away.

Lord, help us to believe you. Help us to receive your gift so that we can find freedom in You today and everyday.

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