John 3:16 and John 3:17

John 3 17

The Verse of the Day for May 26, 2014 is found in John 3:17 (KJV):

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:17, of course, follows John 3:16, one of the most often quoted verses in the Bible. Christianity Today reported that Bible Gateway visitors spent more than 76 million hours on BibleGateway.com in 2013. Of the 456 million visits and 1.5 billion page views, number one among the top 10 searches for Bible verses last year was John 3:16 (KJV):

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.

The Sound of Music, one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all times, gives us these memorable lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein II:

A bell is not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song till you sing it. Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.”

The last line reminds us that with love, there must be a demonstration or manifestation to express the reality of that powerful emotion. We speak of the love of God in manifestation which is so clearly demonstrated in one of the most widely recognized verses in the Bible, John 3:16.

The book of I John also elaborates on the love of God in the corresponding verse:

1 John 3:16

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him.

I recently came across this anonymous quote: “Love is a verb. Love is doing, saying, showing. Never think just saying you love someone is enough.” There must be corresponding action to show that we love. Another statement reiterates the same point: “Love is a verb. Without action it is merely a word.”

Verse 18 of 1 John 3 further reminds us,

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

The love of God is “perfected” or made complete or brought to maturity in us when we walk in the steps of Jesus Christ, the ultimate example of perfect love. We must do more than think about love or talk about love; we must demonstrate love by what we do, just as God did in offering His son as a demonstration that He so loved the world.

St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir offers the classic choral piece “God So Loved the World” which is based on John 3:16-17.

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One Response to “John 3:16 and John 3:17”

  1. schroera Says:

    Thank you for your article. John 3:16 shows us the depth of God’s love for us: the Father sacrificed his Son. I just wrote an article about this myself. If you have a chance, check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks!
    http://364daysofthanksgiving.com/son-god/

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