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For God So Loved The World

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Jesus was talking to Nicodemus in this chapter. Nicodemus a Jew was inquiring of Jesus trying to understand how to be born again and how all the things Jesus said could possibly be.


I saw a man today who was disheveled, his hair was long and uncombed. He acted like he might be on something as he walked in a peculiar style across the parking lot. How often do we simply dismiss such people? Disgusted in their choices, disgusted that their hand is always out for your spare change and more?

This morning as I prepared to read my bible I was praying. As I often do, I was praying to have more compassion, to see people the way Jesus sees them. I have a tendency to see people thru my own eyes. I only see the outward appearance and the mess. I can't look at the inside where the hurt resides or the fears make sick.

Today though, watching this man I began to pray, acknowledging his ability to be saved. Acknowledging that Jesus loves him and desires him to come into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus died for him and his soul and is grieved at his present condition.

Then I heard the song Jesus Loves Me in my head. I heard it in a totally different way though. It went something like this...

Drug addicted, alcoholic

They are precious in his sight

The longer I dwelt on it the clearer it became

They are precious in his sight

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

My heart began to hurt and my eyes to tear as compassion filled me. Because God loved us all so much that he sent his only son, Jesus, to die for us. He sent him to pay the price of our sin debt and to ransom us back from the pit of hell and death. If Jesus was willing to do all that for the disheveled man with uncombed hair how can I do any less than to pray for him?

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