"But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in trangressions - it is by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:4-5
I recently asked someone this question: "How much does God love you?" He gave me a great answer. He said, "God SO loved me that He gave His only begotten Son, that if I believe in Him I shall not perish but have eternal life." I am sure John 3:16 is the favorite verse of many people. It is one of the most quoted/memorized verses in the Bible. And I love that word "SO." God doesn't just love us. He SO loves us! John saw God's love firsthand. He walked and talked with Jesus daily. He tells us in 1 John that God not only SO loved us, but He also FIRST loved us. The only reason we can even know love or understand it is because God is love, and He shares His love with us through Jesus. John continues to tell us in 1 John that God's love for us is so GREAT that He gave Jesus up for us even while we were dead in transgressions. In Romans 5:8, Paul confirms what John says. He says, "But God demonstates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." How much does God love you? He loves you SO much! His love for you is GREAT! He FIRST loved you, even while you were a sinner! BELIEVE IT! RECEIVE IT! EMBRACE IT!