If John 3:16 were a song, it would be the best of all love songs.
When I started ministry in the church, I asked God, “Lord, what is one thing that you want your people to know?” And the answer was clear, “I want them to love me.” “Not to do more for me, not to suffer for me, but to love me.” That’s what God desires for all of us. He initiated this loving relationship; he desires and longs for that relationship with His people. Every other thing that we do should flow from that loving relationship.
The Bible contradicts salvation or eternal life with perishing. The word “perish” is the same word that is used for “the lost sheep” (Israel) in Matt. 10:6 or “the lost son” in Luke 15:24. It means a life lived without God – a purposeless and confused life. It is…
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