God desires a relationship with you.

We know this because over and over again the Bible explains His desire to be apart of our lives. John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world He gave His one and only Son and whoever believes in Him will never die, but have everlasting life.

”When we read this verse we discover a lot about God, His love for us, and our current relationship with Him.

This is the good news of God's salvation plan. Let's see what this verse means.

God – The one who is over all, creator, who is holy, divine, and blameless.

Loves
- The love here expresses a limitless, no strings attached love, willing to accept anyone without any condition. (Romans 8)

The World – This means anyone (Race, color, creed, age, etc..)

He Gave – God is a generous God. He gives a free gift of salvation (Romans 5:12-21)

His Son – This is Jesus. God the Son came to earth. (Phil. 2:6-8)

Whoever – This means anyone (Yes you too!).

Believes – This means to change one’s mind that Jesus is God (not just a good man), He is the only way to receive forgiveness of sins, His death on a cross paid the penalty of all your sins. Do you believe this? (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Will not die – Sin equals death. That is the wage we have earned for every wrong thing we have done. We have missed the target of perfection and can only live with God if we believe in Him. (Romans 3:23 & 6:23)

We will have everlasting life – We will be saved from the penalty of Sin and be forgiven. We will live forever with Jesus in Heaven. (Romans 5:1-2)

The reason why Jesus came and God gave was because of our sin. Romans 3:23 states: All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Because of our sin, this separated us from God, so He sent God the Son, Jesus, to come as a perfect sacrifice for mankind. After Jesus died on a cross for the payment of our sins, the bible says He rose from the dead three days later, conquering the grave, conquering death, and now He continues to live interceding for you and me. It’s because He lives, His sacrifice for our sins is sufficient, for although the wage of our sin is death, the free gift of God (Jesus – life, death, burial, resurrection) is salvation for eternal life.

If you believe Jesus to be your God, please ask the Lord to be the Lord of your life. Today, you can have peace with God, a new hope in life, a new beginning when you believe Jesus to be Lord of your life. John 3:17-18 says “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. There is no judgement against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in God's one and only Son has already been judged.

Today, The Lord desires to be in a personal relationship with you. Place your faith and your life into His. He loves you so much He gave His life for you.

What's Next?

The Bible reminds us that now you are a Child of God (John 1:12) and you are a new creation, your old life has passed away and a new life has begun (2 Cor. 5:17)

It’s important now that you continue to grow in your relationship with God. Here are some practical steps:

Step One

Read the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). A great place to start is the gospel of John.

Step Two

 Attend church. It is important to get plugged in to a local Bible teaching church (Hebrews 10:23-25) 

Step Three

Share what you are learning (Mark 16:15) 

Step Four

Communicate with the author of the Bible. Pray (talk) with Him (Hebrews 4:14-16).