For God So Loved the World…

earth-dayBy: Susan Bea Good

Another Earth Day has come and gone, and I hardly noticed. I did see someone throw garbage out of a car window today…that’s a rare sight where I live. I do remember a time when everyone dumped their trash onto the roadside. I believe that I can recall doing that myself as a child.

Ten years ago I worked with a team of children’s Bible Club teachers to develop a brochure to be used in a Luis Palau Crusade. The one page, fold out poster used one Bible verse to deliver the message…John 3:16. The verse is divided into nine ovals of information. Oval #3 is “…the world…” as in, For God so loved it…how-to-become-a-child-of-god-150x270

“God loves the world”…has become a confusing concept. These days it is necessary to clarify the “world-loving” expressed by Jesus in this evangelistic record.

God does indeed “love” the world that He made. However, the people He made in His own image are more special than any other of His creations. Contrary to the recent Hollywood version of Noah’s account, God does not love the earth more than humans!

After marking the distinction between God’s love for terra firma and His love for homosapiens, the message of John 3:16 becomes clear. God so loves people!

If you have not yet realized the depth of God’s love for you, please check out His gracious message to Nicodemus in John chapter three.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.


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