"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 NIV
God's Love= The Gospel
This verse summarizes the whole Gospel.
God's love is not static nor self-centered.
Real love gives, reaches and touches people.
It reaches out and draws others in.
When you really love someone, you can't help it but giving yourself freely to even the point of self-sacrifice...and the great thing about it, is that it doesn't feel like a burden or sacrifice at all!
God showed His love for humankind, for His creation by giving the most precious and darling thing He could ever give. His Son. He paid the highest price He could pay.
Jesus paid the price and accepted the punishment for our iniquities and in exchanged He offers the new life He bought for us on the cross.
The best way to share the Gospel with others is to love like Jesus. Which means in most instances sacrificing our own comfort and security so other might join us in accepting God's love.
Our Prize = Eternal Life
Some people rather not believe in eternal life because their lives are miserable...and as a result they think eternal life is an extension of their terrenal lives.
But in reality, this terrenal life is just an introduction to eternity. In eternity there will be no death, sickness, enemy, evil or sin! What an amazing perspective!
The only thing we are required to do in order to receive this prize is to believe...faith! Only then life will make sense as we evaluate everything that happens from an eternal perspective!
We'll know there's hope...that this is not the end. Life might not go as we wish...but this is not "the reality"...there's something much better awaiting for us!
Believing is not merely intellectual
To believe is more than accepting or agreeing with your intelligence that Jesus is God.
Many people agree that they believe there's a God, but beware...even demons and the devil himself believe in God. (acknowledge His existence) ( James 2:19)
Believing goes beyond that.
Believing is putting our trust and confidence in Him and in Him alone.
Believing is to understand that only He can save us.
Is to give Him control of our present and most importantly our future.
Is to believe that His words are true.
Let this promise of eternal life be yours..you just have to believe!
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