John 3:16 -- For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that all who BELIEVE in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
and what about John 3:17, one of my favorite verses --
God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.
And Jesus proves this through His healing of the broken. He doesn't condemn the woman at the well, He saves her. In old testament times, sickness was related to sin -- and now Jesus walks around healing the sick -- even on the Sabbath -- the sacred day of rest. His love stretches far past the earthly boundaries. His love is unconditional.
So our job it seems when Jesus says in John 13:34-35 (
-- it is not to judge what others are doing but to love like Jesus loves. Unconditionally. Brennan Manning, a devout follower of Jesus, once said -- "Come as you are and not as you should be, because none of us are as we should be."
In John 3:16 it says if we 'believe', we are saved. Not because we worked out every kink in our life and now we deserve His love and are saved -- we believe in His unconditional, all-encompassing love for us.
What does 'believe' mean in your life? When I really 'believe' in something, I live it. For example, if someone told me that the beautiful cake sitting in front of me was both healthy and delicious and I truly believed them -- I would act on it. I would eat that cake and share it with those I love and learn to make that cake for my family.
Believing in Jesus allows us to trust just how much He loves us and wants what is best for us. He is not only worthy of our time but His love is so big, He wants to carry our burdens as well.
I pray we are all able to believe with our whole heart the depth of love Jesus has for all His children -- and that we may reflect that love in this world. Amen!!!