"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
— John 3:16-17 (KJV)
This is one of the most well known scripture passages in the Bible. Could you imagine sending your child or a loved one to a world, knowing that they were going to die? That would be hard for most of us to imagine, but it was a necessary sacrifice that God made so we could have a direct relationship with him. When we start our walk with God, this scripture is often used to show us God’s love and sacrifice for us. It’s because of his love for us that once we accept Jesus into our life as our savior and Lord, we are saved and redeemed from our past sins. This is also why we are called “born again believers” and we are told that we have everlasting life through Christ. As these verses state, Jesus came to the world so we could be saved, not so we could be condemned because of our past sins. Once we accept him into our hearts, our sins are washed away and we can live through his grace. God knows that we will make mistakes and fall short of where we are supposed to be at times because we are humans with free will, but through his grace we can repent from our sins and continue our walk with God without condemnation. This is how strong God’s love for us is and it is so important that we remember this so we can walk in victory.