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Thursday, January 04, 2007

You Love...You Give

John 3:16 (King James Version)
King James Version (KJV)
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16 ~ For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 (Amplified Bible)
Amplified Bible (AMP)
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16 ~ For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

I love this passage, of course it's our foundation, but that's not the only reason. It reminds me how much I'm loved. Regardless of what version of the Bible you look it up in, it's going to start out "For God so loved the world (that's me, even when I was at my most unlovable) that He gave. He gave what he treasured for me.

I can't imagine anything worth giving one of my children over to, to suffer as He gave His Son, but I was worth that much to Him. And lest we forget, His Son, at any time, could have called upon legions of angels to His aid, but He, also, chose to give. He gave His life, for me. The common thread being that LOVE GIVES. Regardless of the cost, LOVE GIVES.

God created us in His image. I want to see that image when I look in my mirror, and that image LOVES and it GIVES.

John matter what translation you use, LOVE GAVE.