John 3:16 is such a powerful verse, but I focus today on the 17th verse, "...For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world."
God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but why do we condemn each other. We judge someone by the color of their skin, working class, religious beliefs or the lack thereof, gender and so many others. We also condemn those who do not believe as we do and force our beliefs upon others and if they do not conform, we then condemn them.
Who does God's Mercy and Grace apply, only to believers, and no one else? Romans 3:23 tells us that we ALL fall short of Gods Mercy, but yet it is only through His Goodness, Grace and Mercy are we saved. Can we even fathom a love such as this? A truly unconditional love? Do we have that type of love for one another?
I recall seeing an article on the Internet today about someone who is currently building a "home" (I use that term LOOSELY) that is going to cost over 1.5 billion dollars at it's completion. No that was not a typo, "B" billion dollars. Once I read about this I was immediately saddened and thought of how much money that MIGHT even be and how many MILLIONS of people that much money could help. So many people in many other countries and nations, starving and impoverished, but yet someone is going to build a "billion" dollar home. People in our own country suffering; the middle class are now fast approaching becoming the "working poor", while the rich continue to profit off the backs of the suffering.
My first reaction was obviously a negative one toward these people, but then I said, "you know what, instead of 'condemning' them...you need to pray for them, because they will REALLY need it." Now I do not knock or have a problem with those that have 'means'. More power too you, but the next time you purchase that quarter of a million dollar car, think about those who are starving; when you purchase that million dollar diamond, think about the kids in the inner cities that have no hope; when you have your next $4,000.00 shoe shopping spree; think about the babies that have never been given a chance at life, the children that will never see life because their parents are suffering and have no means.
Christ came to save the world from 'itself'. Christ came for all of us, believers, unbelievers, wealthy and poor. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son..."
Keep us in your prayers; we will keep you in ours! God bless you!
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