Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 22, 2018
By Tripp Prince
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 (NIV)
Your view of God directly impacts the way in which you view yourself and your relationships. If you believe God to be distant and uninvolved with his creation, you will live as though your decisions and choices have no ultimate meaning or consequence. On the other hand, if you believe God to be in everything and not distinct from you or from creation, in times of crisis or great need you will have no way to cry out to him as a higher or stronger power who can provide help and relief.
From time to time I’ve heard people divide God into a “good side” and a “bad side”. In particular, God the Father can be seen as mean, angry, and wrathful, where as God the Son is the one who is on our side, intervening to keep us away from his angry dad. Given the fact that the image of fatherhood is often a bruised or even broken image, this view of God as angry Father is only reinforced.
If we struggle to believe that God is for us and seeks our good, we will struggle to truly approach him in prayer. We will seek to keep him at arms length, afraid to truly open ourselves up and expose our deepest vulnerabilities. Our posture towards him will be one of fear rather than faith, terror rather than trust.
John 3:17 reminds us of one of the great truths of the Bible: God’s mission of love is a team effort, with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all working in perfect harmony to heal and restore creation. It doesn’t ignore or minimize the cost of this redemption. Sin is real and the cause of all of our pain and brokenness. And yet Jesus doesn’t come to save us from the Father. The Father sends the Son in perfect harmony and as an overflow of love. He is sent not for our condemnation but for the salvation of the world. As it says just a few verses later, “The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands” (John 3:35).
God’s mission in the world is fueled and motivated by his perfect and never-ending love. This was true in the very beginning, is seen throughout the pages of the Bible, and is true for us today. God the Father loves you perfectly and wants to heal and restore any broken images of fatherhood that you may have. He wants you to know that he loves you to the point of sending his own Son so that you and I may be reconciled and restored to perfect communion with him. This is great news indeed!
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1 NIV).
PrayerFather, thank you that you sent Jesus into the world out of great love for us. Help us to respond to your love with faith and gratitude. Amen.
ApplicationAre your images of fatherhood wounded and in need of healing by the perfect love of God our Father?
Related ReadingMatthew 6:26; John 14:23; James 1:17
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