As a child John 3:16 was the first verse I memorized.
I think it was during a neighborhood Bible club meeting a neighbor lady had in her home. She was very kind, told a Bible story, helped us to learn a verse,
and fed us a good snack.
I don’t think I went more than once or twice, but she left a lasting impression on my heart.
So did this verse.
When I got saved at 18, I finally understood the verse.
I had salvation. I was going to Heaven when I died.
As a 30 year old Christian, something else is speaking to me.
Remember school day romances?
We were happy just to be liked. It made our day. It changed the way we skipped around the playground, and how we felt about ourselves when we looked in the mirror.
We were liked.
Remember falling in love? It made our day. It changed the way we walked around the college campus or interacted with people at our jobs. It changed the way we felt about ourselves when we looked in the mirror.
We were loved.
But our amazing God in Heaven more than likes us.
He more than loves us.
When all the grown-up problems of life weigh on our hearts, let’s go back to our simple childhood faith. The answers in life aren’t always new ones.
Let’s remember Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Bask in His love.