Scripture: John 3:16-17
I. Vs 16a (Love)
The object of God’s love is the world, so God loves everybody. It does not
matter who you are or what you are, God loves you! This is amazing, because
the world (you and me) crucified Jesus on the cross. He died for our sins,
because he never committed adultery, murder, or lied on his taxes. So since
the goal of Christianity is to be like Jesus, you must be willing to love
people. Not just your family and friends, but everybody. I know this is hard
work, because people can be VERY difficult to deal with in any relationship.
*Point: Love is one of the badge of our salvation. “By this shall all men
know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” John 13:35.
Beloved love is not a feeling, but a choice.
II. Vs. 16b (Suffer)
There are some things in life that you must be willing to do solely for the
benefit of other people. Mothers understand this principle, because they
have given birth to a child. And all the ladies said “AMEN”. Well Jesus was
betrayed, arrested, beaten, tortured, and crucified on the cross for your
benefit. Please take the time to read the entire chapter of Isaiah 53 and
reflect upon the manner in which Jesus died. Christ is our example of
humility and suffering, so in this life Christian you must be willing to
suffer. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer
persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12. I do not like pain, but it has a purpose.
III. Vs. 16c (Believe)
The Lord loves you, Jesus suffered for you, but you must believe in him.
*Believe: trust/have faith in. Have: is in the present tense which means
believers possess this everlasting life now. Non-believers can possess
everlasting life now, if they believe in Christ finished work on the cross.
Whosoever means anybody can receive this free gift of salvation, but they
must believe. When I go to Costco/Sams they have all types of free samples.
Nobody seems to reject these free samples, but history will tell a story
that many people have rejected Christ. Please believe in Christ today and
for those who have trusted him with your soul. Trust him with your life,
because he must be your Lord and Saviour. “For whosoever shall call upon the
name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13.
IV. Vs. 17 (Forgive)
Three of the most powerful words are “I Love You”, but here are three more.
“I forgive you”. Jesus said both statements on the cross at Calvary. The
word forgive means to pardon, let go, release, or set-free. Please allow me
five minutes to praise the Lord. Ok, I’m back. Meditate on this statement,
“Forgiveness is a bridge everyone must cross, so don’t close the gate”.
*Point: I need to be forgiven and I need to forgive. Forgiveness is gift
from God that we are commanded to share. I have been married for over thirty
years and let me tell you something. I have paid a lot of tolls on the
bridge called forgiveness. Read Matthew 6:9-15 and Luke 17:3-5. The Lord
wants us to follow his example of love, suffering, trusting our Heavenly
Father, and forgiving. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of work to
do. Christ sure set a high standard.
I hope this was a blessing to you.
Because He Lives,