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John 3:16 is familiar to most of us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” For God SO LOVED. Search as we may, we will not find a scripture anywhere in the Bible where He has changed His profile. He still loves the world. Stop and let that sink in for a moment.

When Jesus came, He said, “I came to show you the Father.” We will celebrate a holiday this month and honor fathers. In this world, not all fathers have loved properly. Some have failed miserably. Yet, God, as our Father has proven His incredible, overwhelming and amazing love for us in that He gave His Son in death so that we might have life. Everlasting and eternal life. There is no way we can express fully our appreciation for His act of love toward us. The one true and living God loved us. Love was His motivation for sending Jesus. Jesus represented His love to us.

Let’s take it a step further. John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Let that sink in. It is not the judgement of sin that motivated Him. His motivation was love so that He could save us. It is that same motivation today. HE LOVES THE WORLD. He and Jesus entered into a covenant to establish love as the reigning motivation of His heart toward the world. When God sent Jesus to reveal His LOVE, He did not include condemnation as a follow up. The message of reconciliation is that God loved us, forgave us and receives us in Christ.

Let’s examine another familiar scripture that reveals His heart toward the world. 2 Corinthians 5 says, “God, through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses (sin) against them, and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation.”

The message could not be plainer. God has reconciled the world to Himself through Christ. In that reconciliation, He is not counting their sin against them. And He is sending us to the world with a message that conveys this reality. Ponder that and how it would alter how we see the world.

We are ambassadors of reconciliation, preaching the good news that God loves. He has pardoned sin in Christ. All that’s left is for the world to hear the good news and believe in what God has done for them. God loved. God loves. This is our message.

There are some who reject this message in favor of preaching a message of judgement. God will judge the world that has rejected His love, one day. But, until that day comes, our message is that He has reconciled the world to Himself. Today, He loves the world. He has reconciled the world. He is not judging the sins of the world. They have been judged in Christ. Today, we preach the good news of God’s love! May the world hear of and receive Him as Father. God loves the world.

Richard Hamm has been in ministry since 1977. He is presently involved in a traveling ministry helping churches and believers in south central Pennsylvania, northern Maryland, Oregon, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. He has been married for more than 40 years to his wife Karen and has two adult children, He can be contacted at 717-253-3247 or rhhamm2@gmail.com

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