God's Love for You...
You, the reader, have probably heard about God's love from someone. Maybe from a friend, neighbor, on TV, or at a religious organization's meeting. God's love is real and perhaps the most important thing that exists in the universe next to God Himself. The Son of God said it this way:
"No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever trusts in him shall not perish (in their non-faith), but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." (John 3:13-21)
You have probably heard and even seen his Words in verse 16, which says,
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
This is the heart of it-of viewing and getting some understanding of God's love for you. God the Father sent, even gave, his beloved Son to a world of people the vast majority of which would not want His love, and who would reject His Son,but God, knowing this full well, sent His Son anyway. He gave His Son to be the Way for us so that we might enter into heaven to be with the Father forever. Why? Because the Father loves us! Yes, he loves you, reader! He wants to forgive you all your sins, and welcome you into His Family, and use other followers of His Son to care for you and share his Life with you each day you are on this earth. The Father wants you to get to know Him and understand Him. He wants this so much, He had His Son say this:
"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Messiah Joshua whom You have sent." (John 17:3)
Yes, the Father wants you to get to KNOW Him, personally and intimately. For IF you will do this, you will enter into the peace and joy He wants for you, for you will know in your heart of hearts that you are forgiven, beloved and free!!!
However, unlike what many say, there is a condition regarding receiving God's love. From one aspect, God's love is unconditional in that he continues to love (be willing to forgive and receive, and want what is best for) each person on the planet no matter what they say or do. He gives each person an entire lifetime to turn to Him and do what He very much desires. And what is that?
LOVE HIM BACK
God's love is not unconditional from the aspect that we are obligated to respond to such a great love. Yes, he loves you for as long as you draw breath. But-
DO YOU LOVE HIM BACK?
If you do not make an effort to love Him back, but rather ignore Him and His Son, then you reject so great a love, and this has consequences.
Another misconception along these lines is that God sends people to hell who do not believe in Him.
THAT IS ERROR AND A GREAT LIE
No, the truth is that-
PEOPLE SEND THEMSELVES TO HELL BY THEIR STUBBORN REJECTION OF SUCH A GLORIOUS OFFER OF LOVE, ACCEPTANCE AND FORGIVENESS
God would not be just to force people to be in His direct manifested presence forever (that is what heaven is). It would be wrong to force a person who does not want to be with someone, to in fact be with that someone, especially forever. It would be wrong to force someone to be with a person who they have ignored their whole life EVEN THOUGH HE SENT HIS SON TO TESTIFY TO THE FACT THAT HE DOES EXIST AND DOES LOVE US.
And so, the Son testifies that God created a place of destruction for the Evil One and his followers, the bad angels. This is the place that people send themselves to, who spend an entire life, what life was given them by God, ignoring the One who loves them more than any other.
Please note the words around John 3:16 that I quoted along with just verse 16. Those words say essentially the same things I said regarding the condition of God's love, and sadly, what most people foolishly choose.
Joshua, the Light of the world, starts that passage by saying that no one on earth has been with the Father like he has, and so what he is about to say in the following verses is based on his experience of actually being with the Father.
He then gives an example about an event with Moses that would help his Jewish followers understand what he was about to say regarding God's love and His desire to extend love, mercy and compassion to people, and thus save them from Hopelessness, loneliness and just punishment.
Then he unveils the Father's heart of love for all people by his Words about God's love and His Father not wanting to condemn anybody, but rather save them from facing perfect justice at the end of their physical lives on the earth.
Then, the Son of Light tells what the consequence is of a person rejecting His Father's love, mercy and thus His Person.
People condemn themselves.
They reject the Father's love and choose rather to face justice before the Perfect being's standard, which of course is perfection - sinless ness. They choose, in other words, to send themselves to destruction. Then the Light says why people do this-because they love the darkness rather than the Light, for the things that they do are evil according to God's standard of perfect love, kindness, compassion, selflessness.
So, dear reader, please respond to the Father's love for you by loving Him back. The Father's Son says the best way to show or demonstrate your love for Him is this:
"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." (John 14:15)
Or he could have said it this way, 'If you love my Father, then live according to my Words and teachings' (NOT THE BIBLE, but rather Jesus' Words and teachings ONLY).
The Creator, the living God, so loves you, one of his created children, that He sent His perfect, faithful and beloved Son to come to the earth to rescue you from your foolishly ignoring the only One who can love you perfectly and give you Hope and Purpose for your life. Please let the Light save you from the darkness and bring you into the glory of everlasting Life with your Father!
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