God is Love, God is Holy

The most famous verse in the Bible is “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).

God is love. “For God so loved the world …” God loves people. That’s you! Yes, he loves you. God’s love is extreme. “He gave His only begotten Son …” He loves you so much he sacrificed His Son for you. What an amazing love. Why did he sacrifice His Son? Because of our sin and rebellion against the God who is love. Instead of punishing you, God punished His own Son.

God is also holy. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We all have sinned, we must admit it, and we must repent of it. God’s holiness requires it. God loves us so much that he provides a way for us to be forgiven and freed from the sin’s slavery.

I love people and proclaim the love of God for all people, but I also call sin what it is. Sin must be turned away from, not accepted as normal. Here’s where I get called a bigot, judgmental, and full of hatred: I love people, but call sin what it is. Yes, I can love a person without loving their sin.

Those in heaven have repented of their sin and received the love of God through Jesus who died for their sin. God loves you! He has provided a way for you too to be forgiven. How? “Whoever believes in him …” That is a belief in Jesus that is so extreme that you make Him Lord of your life.

God loves you so much that he provides you a way to “not perish but have everlasting life.” God loves you and wants to spend eternity with you in heaven. You can go to heaven if you repent of sin and receive Jesus Christ as Lord of your life. He saves you to have a life transforming relationship with you, not so He can condone your sinful habits.

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