Devotions for December 22, 2017

JOHN 3:16-21

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.[b]”

JESUS: THE LIGHT AND THE LOVE

Our sin is ultimately self-destructive and leads us to darkness by harming others, too. God did not leave us in this hopeless state, but rather he sent his one and only Son, Jesus, on a rescue mission to save us from our sin and self-destruction. God loved us so much that he pursued us in a relationship in order to bear his light.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Why did God send his Son into the world? What was His mission and purpose for coming?

Q: Are you allowing God’s light to reveal any darkness in your life? Why does purifying your heart help reflect the Lord to others?

Q: Who can you serve this week to bear the light of the Gospel of God’s glorious grace?

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