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In John 3:16-17 we read these well known words: "For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him."

We've all read and heard these words many times before and today I want to point out some things about these verses to you.

Notice it says God loved the world.

It doesn't say He loved the church - He loved the world.

That means every single person who has ever lived, every one who is living now, and every one who will live in the future is loved by God.

It means He loves us while we are sinners (in fact, the Word says that in Romans 5:8), and He loves us when we come to Christ and are saved.

He loves us apart from our performance - He loves us unconditionally.

And His love for us will never change and never disappear. 

The second fact I want to show you is this: God loved the world so much He gave His only Son.

Jesus has been given as a gift to the whole world.

Everyone is invited to come to Him and believe and be saved.

Again, no one is excluded because it says God sent His Son into the world to save the world. The only way to be excluded is to make the personal choice not to accept and open the gift and receive what Jesus did for us when He died and rose again.

God doesn't exclude anyone but we all have the right to exclude ourselves through the choice we make regarding Jesus.

God loved and loves the world.

He sent His Son into the world to save the world.

Don't you think the world needs to know this?

We as believers are charged with the task of sharing this good news.

Let us take this instruction seriously. Let us ask the Lord to use us as workers in the field to bring in the harvest. Let us trust Him to lead us to the people we should share with and to give us the words to speak to them.

And let us allow Him to use us as instruments to show the great love He has for all people.

Let us answer the Lord with the words from Isaiah 6:8: "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"