17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:17, ESV)
Remember Paul Harvey, the news guy? A lot of times, you only hear part of the story. This is one of those cases. Most people know John 3:16 and could even quote it, but there’s more. Keep reading. The next verses warn us not to fall under condemnation because we don’t believe. God didn’t send His son to condemn but you are condemned already if you don’t believe. And now you know the rest of the story.
Prayer: Lord, lift me up above the muck and mire of this world – to live as one who is redeemed.