When the Bible Says “For God so Loved the World,” It Doesn’t Mean…

When scripture says God so loved the world, it doesn’t mean he loves only the wealthy or the male or the American or the white skinned or the baby after a certain stage of development or the heterosexual person or the citizen or the people who contribute financially/are beneficial to society.

Jesus doesn’t pick and choose who to love any more than the sun picks and chooses on which plants to provide warmth. It’s who He is. Jesus is extravagant Love itself. Why should we expect any less from His followers?

When there’s ugly oozing from people professing to serve the God of Love, don’t listen to their words. They don’t speak from the Father. When words are full of fear, they are not from God, because perfect love casts out all fear. When someone is preaching a kingdom of religion, run the other way. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees consistently in the Bible calling them “white-washed tombs.”

If Jesus invites us to come as we are yet the people who claim to follow His lead place conditions on our coming, then they’re opposing Jesus’ teachings and disguising their teaching as holy.

Conditional love is not love. It’s a selfish and threadbare imitation of the real, life giving love.

If we as believers of the God of love and mercy don’t start practically living our lives reflecting the One we love, then God help us. We must live it out in every aspect of our lives: in our internal dialogue, our interactions with our families, our close social spheres, in the marketplace, in society at large, our political involvement and our interactions with people around the globe. Nothing should be outside the reach of our love because no one is outside the reach of His Love.

Published by AllisonGraber

Allison Graber is a Nashville writer and lover of Jesus. She is 14-years married to Lynn, a mix engineer with quiet ways and a loyal spirit. Her two little girls, Ellis and Adeleine, daily coax delight out of her heart. The paradigm through which she sees the world has been built brick-by-brick from her experiences with her Jesus, her love of people, through loss, curiosity, Holy words, and through the surprising joy of motherhood. She writes about these things at allisongraber.com.

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