16 God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.
17 God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world.
10 A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need.
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9 God has shown us his love by sending his only Son into the world so that we could have life through him.
10 This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins.
11 Dear friends, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love each other. (God's Word)
The whole point of the coming of the Lord Jesus into the world is to let us human beings know in person that God loves us.
When we look at the attitude and response of Jesus to the people he came in contact with in the Gospels, this shows us God's attitude and response to us human beings.
The first reason the Lord Jesus came into the world, is to show us humans that God's kind of love is a love that GIVES.
The second reason the Lord Jesus came to the world is to show us that the God kind of love, is a love that accepts us just as we are: "warts and all!"
6 Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people.
7 Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person.
8 Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us.
9 Since Christ's blood has now given us God's approval, we are even more certain that Christ will save us from God's anger.
10 If the death of his Son restored our relationship with God while we were still his enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the life of his Son will save us.
11 In addition, our Lord Jesus Christ lets us continue to brag about God. After all, it is through Christ that we now have this restored relationship with God. (God's Word)
When we stop to consider that God showed His love to us before we ever considered Him. When we consider that His love is a GIVING love.
And now we consider that His love accepts us just as we are, with all our shortcomings.
This is an amazing and overwhelming quality of love that our heavenly Father is opening up to us.
It is amazing to understand that our perfect Father, would make Himself so vulnerable to us, by making His love available to us, and we have the impression that we have to work out the kinks in our own lives before we can approach Him!
God understands that we are imperfect, and though He is perfection itself, He has not turned away from us.
Instead, He says that we should come to Him just as we are, and let Him change us Himself, so we become what He created us to be in the first place.
It is not possible for me to change myself to be acceptable to God.
I need to present my life to Him, and ask Him to change me Himself, so that I fit the picture He had when He brought me into the world. This is how to find my true purpose in life.
This way God Himself makes use of all the negatives of the past, and turns them into His positives!
Loving heavenly Father,
today I bring an end to the thought that I must change the things that displease You,
in order that I can approach You.
Lord, I understand that I cannot change my wrong thoughts,
and I cannot change my shameful attitudes.
So I come to You just as I am, because I understand finally
that Your love is one that accepts me JUST AS I AM.
I put my life in Your hands,
and trust You to do all the changes in me,
and You make me to please YOU.
I understand that being my Creator and my Redeemer,
You have the right to change me Yourself.
Hallelujah, Lord Jesus Christ.
You have made all this possible for me!