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 (NASB)
When we are born, we did not get to pick our childhood. We came into the world being shaped and molded by our parents, experiences and the influence of others: whether that be through family, friends, sports stars, or celebrities.
Through the weight of problems, the failure of other people, loss and so on, we may question if God loves us and if so, why would He allow so much bad to happen to me or others?
God created this world and beyond and all things living. His created children, Adam and Eve were able to experience life on earth walking in the love of God until the influence of one against God swayed them to doubt God and desire that which was forbidden. Through their choice, sin entered the world, and it changed all creation (Genesis 1-3). Even now, we must decide if we will believe God or anything that will pull us away from His truth.
Even though others have failed us and troubles abound (John 16:33), allow this truth to settle in your heart; “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8 (NASB)
And while Jesus was hanging on the cross, He said of those who had persecuted and nailed Him there and to the unbelieving, “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” While in pain, while in His final moments, Christ received a thief who was nailed on a cross next to Him to be with Him for eternity, because he believed the Truth. (John 14:6) “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” -Jeremiah 31:3
Heavenly Father, thank You that You chose to come in the form of a child (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6), that You can relate to the human struggles we face because of sin in the world (Isaiah 53:3-12), thank You that You have offered Yourself through Jesus who laid down His life for us and showed us that “Greater love has no one than this, that a person will lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13 (NASB) and because we believe, You call us “Friend” (John 15:15). May we know the depth and width of Your love. - Ephesians 3:14-21
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