24 May 2016

John 3:16

S: “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” ~John 3:16 AMP

O: In the beginning, our first parents betrayed this world into the hands of the enemy of our souls. And God was willing to offer Himself to reclaim it.

A: This mystery, this miracle that is the atoning sacrifice and victory of Jesus Christ its something I think about every day. The magnitude of that offering and the unbounded healing and freedom that flows unceasingly from it only continues to amaze and humble me more and more the longer I meditate on it. I have been forgiven much. And will be. Always. Because I believe. Truly believe, as reflected in my life. The price already paid; my debt remitted, redeemed in full. What a faithful God we have, who is constant and true in the face of all human frailty and unfaithfulness.

P: Dearest Jesus, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You have radically changed my life, both directly and through the believers you have planted in my life. I don't think I will ever cease to be amazed at what you have done, and what you continue to do. Your unstinting generosity and the delight you take in blessing the human race, the abundant flow of your mercy and grace, fill my life with such joy I often don't know what to do with myself. Lord, show me what to do with this joy. Show me how to release it into everyone around me. And use it as you wish, to fulfill the longings of your heart for the world you love so desperately. Amen.

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!