God’s love

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

I went through the first 36 years of my life pretty much worry free. I use to kid my best friend Mike, a constant worrier, that he worried enough for both of us. Then I married Gail and instantly I had a step daughter, Tara, to worry about. Then two years later Amy was born and then Daniel. Now I had three kids to worry about. It only got worse when they learned to drive. It is amazing what goes through your mind after dark and the kids are not home yet. No matter how I tried I would think what if they had a serious accident?

They vary idea of having a child die is a parent’s worst fear. How could I ever get through something like that? Yet, God sends His one and only Son to earth with the goal of dying on a cross. How could God do that? One word, love. God loves you and He love me so much that he sent Jesus down to earth to make the sacrifice necessary to reconcile each one of us to Him. God did this freely.

It is a good thing this was not up to me. If the world relied on me to sacrifice one of my kids then we would still be in our sins un-reconciled to God. Fortunately it is not up to me or any of us. Only God could make such a sacrifice. He did it because he loved the world so much.

But even with this sacrifice we still need to believe. We must accept Jesus’ sacrifice. We need to accept that He died for us and was raised bodily and ascended to heaven. In order to receive God’s free gift of salvation we must believe. Believe in Him, believe in His sacrifice, and believe in the resurrection. We must believe. When we do that we receive the priceless gift of salvation. We will not perish but have eternal life and have that eternal life in the presence of God.

Such a short verse, one sentence, but in that one sentence lays all the love of God and our eternal hope.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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