Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.
I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe
is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the
only begotten Son of God,
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
John 3:16, 18 & 19
Everyone knows John 3:16. But have you taken the time to read the verses after? Did you catch that last verse? “men loved darkness rather than the light.” Many will read that and think, “that doesn’t pertain to me, because I do not even like darkness.”
Let’s take a look back at the very beginning. A story I’m sure you are familiar with, the story of the fall. Adam and Eve, new creations, perfect, flawless, walked with God in the perfect Garden. But, then they ate the fruit, and things suddenly changed.
Let’s look together at Genesis 3:10
“So he [Adam] said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
Did you catch it? Right there, Adam & Eve were ashamed, and they ran to the darkness to hide. If we are honest we all have things about ourselves that we are ashamed of, things we hide in the darkness, in the shadows.
God sees all of it. Nothing is hidden from Him.
Dear friends, God loves us! He gave His only Son to die for us. Give Him the things you are ashamed of, the things you hide in the shadows and be free in the light of His love!
Now it is your turn!
What Bible verse is blessing you today?
To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn
Gina @ Stories by Gina