Daily Devotion – March 11, 2018

John 3:17-21


17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.


Devotion by Laurie Spencer 


These verses, along with John 3:16, is the crux of it all, isn’t it?  Intellectually I know that Jesus came into a world of great sin, and that God’s gift to us was intended to save us from condemnation and judgment. We believe, we behave, we are saved.


Yet emotionally, and humanly, I just can’t help reading through the verses and wondering, how do I stand? Do I merit saving? Is my life more dark than light?  Do I create more harm than good? What is good enough? Is perfection required?  Is it OK for me to repent over and over and over again, or after a while, does God just get darn tired of my shenanigans?


Intellectually John gives reason for great hope.  For to be saved is to have complete confidence that death is not to be feared.  What joy!  Yet he raises enough questions to fill a life on earth.




Dear Lord above, this Lent, lay the answers to my questions on my heart. 



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