Daily Good News – The Invitation of Love
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May 1, 2015 743
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Our rebellion against God should have made God angry, but it didn’t; it made him sad because he loved us. He was prepared to pay the penalty for our sin by dying on the Cross so that we could receive his free gift of eternal life simply by putting our complete faith in him. “…that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
This statement is a summary of the Gospel, and it is perhaps the best-known verse in the entire Bible. Even people who are not Christians know this verse. This is good news – the best news – for everyone. We are lost, but God loves us so much he has a plan; the gift of Jesus and his sacrifice for us gives us eternal life. It is ours for the accepting.
Everything springs from God’s love. God’s gift of his Son, his willingness that we should have eternal life, are a result of his love for us. His love is an invitation, not a command. If God were demonstrating how powerful he is, he would simply have demanded our obedience. But he has provided the way back, he as cleared and lit the path for us. Now he waits until we respond to his love.