Sunday Musings: John 3:16

Sunday Musings: John 3:16

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This month, people will talk about the greatest love stories ever known. But there’s one love story that, to me, stands out above all others.

John 3:16 is a verse most of us know, and for most of us, it was the first verse you memorized. But have you ever thought about what the verse really means?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life.”

If I were to put this verse in our daily vernacular, it might look like this: Because God loves us so much, he gave his only son to die for our sins. Those who believe in Him shall have eternal life in Heaven.

God gave us his only son so we could be with Him forever in Heaven. All we have to do is trust and believe.

What greater love story exists than this one?

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Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

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As you know, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. While the world has many ideas and thoughts about love, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Bible verses about love.

Perhaps my most favorite verse is John 3:16, but this verse is a common one as well. 1 John 4:19 has been used for engagement photos, weddings, and more.

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Where is a greater picture of love than Christ’s love for us? Basically, what this verse means is we can love others because God loves us. He is the one who gives us that ability. The following verses talk about how we are not to hate anyone, and how a person cannot say he loves God but hate his brother.

I feel this verse is never more relevant than today, when violence and tensions are running at an all time high. Even though evil is rampant and hate is spewed forth on a daily basis, we must not be part of t. God called us to love and to be set apart.

I am challenging myself to recite this verse daily, so it will remind me to show others that love. We love because he first loved us. Shouldn’t we strive to radiate that love to others?

Have a wonderful week.

 

 

Scripture Sundays: Finding Him in 2018

Scripture Sundays: Finding Him in 2018

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This week has been one of the most rotten weeks we’ve experienced. First of all, my husband began getting sick last week, and then we found out he had the flu. I ended up sick myself.

Then, my blog server crashed. I lost everything- three years of work, blog posts and ideas down the drain. While I was upset and I’m still a little frustrated, I’m just going to try to find the positives. I’m going to start over and keep blogging, but I’m going to use this as an opportunity to make the blog better than ever.

All of these complaints and hardships have a purpose- I promise I’m going somewhere with this.

Last week, this verse showed up in my daily devotions four times.

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My church friends and I had a conversation about this verse last Sunday as we were eating dinner. Side note: my church is amazing. We are a group of people who truly love being together. I’ve never experienced a church before with such loving and caring people. If you live in Central NC and you need a church, please come to ours.

We are certainly not immune to hard times just because we’re Christians. The loss of my blog and a few days of illness are truly not hardships when you look at the bigger picture. They are minor annoyances and while they are irritating and frustrating, they are certainly not catastrophic. We’ve been through some true hardships as a family recently, and to some extent, we’re still healing from them.

As hard as it is to miss my dad and my grandpa, I can take comfort in the fact that my dad and grandpa were both Godly men who are now in Heaven. And I can most certainly take comfort in the fact that Jesus overcame the world. We can give our troubles to Him because with his help, we can overcome them.

Do you know the Mandisa song “Overcomer?” In the song, she sings these words:

“You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer.”

I wish being Christian meant we were immune to trouble, but if that were true, we’d never learn anything, or grow. But being a Christian does mean we can overcome our troubles through Him…because He’s already overcome the world.