A Love Letter to the World Like 0 Twitter Amber Oglesby Follow Sept. 7, 2016, 5:09 p.m. in Religion Views: 820 Like us on facebook I feel like the Bible has a bad reputation in the eyes of many, that God hates us or just does not care about any of us. I want to take a moment and say that God does not hate any of us but instead loves us all unconditionally. I like to think of the Bible as a massive love letter from God to us. The Bible is full of books, chapters, and verses that speak of nothing but God’s love for us all, telling of not only how much He loves us and how good His love is but also of all of the marvelous things He has done just to show His love for us. Here are some of those very verses: 1. Romans 5:6-8 NLT "When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." 2. Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved." 3. Romans 8:38-39 NLT "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries for tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." 4. John 3:16-17 MSG "This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again." (You know John 3:16 had to be included somewhere in here!) 5. I Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." 6. I John 4:19 AMP "We love, because He first loved us." 7. I John 4:9-10 NLT "God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." 8. Psalms 86:15 ESV "But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." 9. I John 3:1 NIV "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him." 10. Ephesians 3:16-19 MSG "I ask Him [God] to strengthen you by His Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite Him in. And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God." 12. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT "Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love." Published by Amber Oglesby Share Mail Messenger Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Comments Related Article Religion LOVE LETTERS FROM GOD Religion Love (poem) Religion WHY DOESN'T GOD HEAR MY PRAYER?