Scripture Sunday: John 3:16

I’ve been writing lots of Sunday Scripture posts lately about God’s love. This is partly because Valentine’s Day is happening this week, but it’s also partly because I feel led to do so.

Today’s Sunday Scripture is one that is mighty familiar to most of us. I can honestly say this is the first Scripture I ever memorized, and the entire basis on which my faith is built.

There are many great love stories that are universally repeated and celebrated, but what about the ultimate love story? What better love story than God’s love for US?

John 3:16 says this:

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Here’s a breakdown: God loved the world SO MUCH. That “so much” is really important. He loved us so much that He gave US His only son: His perfect, sinless, blameless son. He sent his Son to Earth to die a brutal, violent death so that we could live with Him forever in Heaven.

If we’re honest, we will admit that we are sinners. I mess up on a daily basis, folks. I know I do. No matter how hard I try, I’ll never be perfect. I deserve to die and go to Hell, but because I trust in the Lord, I won’t get the fate that I certainly deserve.

The Good News is that you can do the same.

As a 22-year old female, I was just coming out of a horrible relationship. While dating and ultimately becoming engaged to this young man, I began to steer away from my Christian upbringing and all the values and truths I’d held dear.

I made poor choices, many of them self-destructive. I was headed down a road that held nothing good, and I didn’t want to listen to anyone who tried to reason with me.

I began to realize, slowly but surely, that the young man I was with wasn’t who I needed to be with. I tried visiting my childhood church with my parents, but it wasn’t the same. All of my friends had moved on, the church was so big it was hard to get to know anyone, and I felt incredibly lonely. My mom, who is a nurse, got to know a preacher’s wife through her work. This lady, whom we are still friends with, invited us to her church.

We decided to visit there, and a few months later, I ended my destructive path by completely trusting Christ. I’m still not perfect, but I’m better than I’ve ever been. I like to think of myself as a “constant work in progress.” Did you ever sing that song “He’s still working on me” as a kid? “He’s still working on me, to make me what I ought to be. Took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars; the sun and the Earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient he must be, because He’s still working on me.”

I am thankful the Lord doesn’t give up on us and that He’s still working on me. I hope this week as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ll think about our God who loved us SO MUCH that He sent his Son so that we might have an Eternal Life with Him.

Here’s a chalkboard printable you may download to remind you.

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