Read this 60 Second devotion. Each day, based on our verse of the day, we will add one new label to our Christian identity. At the end of 30 Days, we will have a life affirming, identity forming declaration. This is life changing stuff! --- Day 12
The Word - "For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:26 NET
Note: I used the NET Translation of the Bible because the first part of the verse in this translation is a better rendering of the original Greek.
"Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν κόσμον" The strict, literal translation of the Greek reads "Thus for loved God the world." My translation of the Greek into modern English is "This is how God loved the world." When John wrote this passage, he was telling us that God sending his only begotten Son was the way that He demonstrated his love for us. When we read "For God so loved the world," the way it is in most of our modern translations, it gives the idea that God was moved to send his Son because of the amount of his love for the world. That false idea is actually quite disruptive to orthodox theology.
I will write a full post on this topic tomorrow.
A Thought - Today's problems will seem a lot smaller if we look at them through the lens of eternity. My flat tire, health issue, or 20 year hitch in the military are just a blip on the radar of our eternal existence. This period that we spend in our mortal bodies, living under the corrupt laws of fallen man, is just a flash compared to a life that never ends. What glories await us!
My Prayer of Declaration - Lord, because of You, I am a New Creation, I am Forgiven, I am Reconciled to God, I am Free, I am Loved, I am complete, I am a citizen of Heaven, I am God's Child, I am Strong, I am not afraid, I am God's Masterpiece, and I am going to live forever. - All blessing, honor, glory, power and praise are Yours, Amen.
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