Saturday, December 26, 2015

Today's Verse : John 3:17

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. — John 3:17


God is not about condemnation. I know that Satan got the rumor started a long time ago, but don't believe it. He is not some fiendish teacher looking to flunk and embarrass his/her students. He is not some cantankerous judge looking to shame, humiliate, and punish all who interlope into his/her court, innocent or not. He is not some gossip spreading rumors about our shortcomings across the neighborhoods of heaven. No, this God wants to bless us with his salvation. He wants to dispense mercy and grace. He wants us to be his children. Yet he is also holy, righteous, awesome, and just. So when these two realities of God collide, there is only one solution: Jesus! God sent Jesus to save people of all nations and races and cultures from sin and death — yes, even us!


I praise you, O God, for your desire to save me. I thank you for demanding holiness from me to save me from the havoc sin causes in my life. I thank you for calling me to righteousness, so that my life will be a blessing to others and not a burden. I thank you for challenging me to have your character, so that others can see your glory in my good deeds. So please use me, Father. I know I am flawed, but I want to be one of your tools letting the lost know about your mercy and grace in Jesus. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to

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Inspirational illustration of John 3:17

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