“For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son; so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:16)
Out of love, God sent His Son so that every one of us who believes in Him might have eternal life. Who can do this for the sake of love? God alone can. I asked myself: why God is still truly, deeply, and madly in love with us despite of us being sinners and hard-headed believers?
If I will look upon my life, there are times that I intentionally ignored Him and regretted His significance in my life; but still He loves me and considers me as His beloved child. Why is He doing this to me? This is how God invites me and every one of us to go back to Him, to share in His life, and to repent of our sins. God really teaches us lessons the way we would want it to learn.
Yes, Jesus died on the cross because of His love for us; but does His death have an effect for our lives which He accepted humbly out of love for us? Hence, I realized that the cross is not just a label or a symbol itself for us who believes on it; but it is also a manifestation of God’s love for all of us in the form of eternal life. There’s eternal life on the cross of Christ.
Eternal life is not a fruit of our efforts nor a reward; it’s God’s work, a grace, and a gift freely given if we only believe, repent, and start to reform our lives through it. Paul reminds us about it; “By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).
God’s love is really immeasurable. Even we are being hovered by the darkness of sin and our brokenness; He still manifests His love for us. Yet, we still have an obligation to redirect our lives to him. In the gospel yesterday, He reminds us; “Whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” (Jn. 3:21).
Thus, we will not be able to appreciate and abide in the light that came into the world unless we pattern our lives on it despite the horror of darkness that keeps on hindering us to see the light. God’s love will always remain victorious in the midst of confusion, delusion, sin, and division. Therefore, let us repent and abide in God’s will. Let us take advantage of His love.