By Andrea Merrell
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 NKJV
The Sunday school lesson was about God’s love and the excuses we tend to make not to receive it. The teacher said to the class of second graders, “Finish this sentence. God can’t love me because …”
Hands went up, and answers filled the room:
- “I’m not good like my brother.”
- “Mom says I’m a tattletale.”
- “I don’t pay attention in big church.”
- “I took something that didn’t belong to me.”
- “I have bad thoughts sometimes.”
- “Dad saw me kick the dog.”
The answers kept coming until the teacher stood and walked to the blackboard. “Well done, class. Now let’s list all the reasons God can love us.”
The room remained silent as the teacher waited. Then she turned and wrote one simple statement on the board: For God so loved the world that He gave …
As adults, don’t we have our own reasons why God can’t possibly love us? Thankfully, He doesn’t measure His love for us by our failures and mistakes. He doesn’t withhold it when we mess up or punish us for our lack of perfection. We punish ourselves.
We just celebrated Easter, reminding us that Jesus paid the ultimate price to demonstrate His love for all mankind. For me. For you. And nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate or come between us and that extravagant love ... no matter what.
God so loved the world that He gave ... and His love just keeps on giving.
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