God Actually LOVES the People in the World!
Most Christians have a way of looking at the world with condemnation – or even at other parts of the Body of Christ that don’t think or believe exactly as they do. They have too much of a “us” and “them” mentality. They give out a sense that God loves the church (at least their part of the Church) but is against the world. They seem to be blinded to the good in people who do not yet belong to the Lord. They are quick to point out faults and sins in others. But this IS NOT how Jesus views mankind.
John 3:16-17 – For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
God greatly loves and dearly prizes the world. That is why He gave Jesus. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge or condemn but to give life and salvation to all who will accept it.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 – But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him]. It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.
Originally posted 2015-08-13 17:25:19.