My Grace-Full Life

6.21.22 Personalize the Word: John 3:16

6.21.22 NOTE TO READERS:

For several weeks, I’ve been thinking about an idea… and there’s no time like the present to start it… Today, we’re going to get personal in the Word… by making it personal. I don’t know if this will be daily, every now and then, or just temporary.  We’ll see how the Holy Spirit leads and go from there… I’ll still post a blog on Fridays.

For this exercise, there are going to be blanks in the verse. Insert your name as you read. 

To be clear, this is not meant to re-write Scripture. The Bible is clear that we are not to add or takeaway from it. However, if you’re a new believer — you may struggle to figure out how these verses apply to you… or if you’re a seasoned believer, you may have grown numb to the words from familiarity.  This exercise isn’t meant to alter or change God’s Word or the context of the verse.  Instead, the goal is to remind us how personal His Word is. The Bible is God’s love letter to you and me. As one person put it, “The Bible is the only book, where the Author is in love with the reader.” 

Let’s start with an easy one…

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ORIGINAL VERSE:

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. (John 3:16 NKJV)

PERSONALIZE IT:

For God so loved ________ that He gave His only begotten Son, that {if} ________ believes in Him, ________ should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 NKJV)

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Jesus, You spoke these words to Nicodemus centuries ago, but they are for me, too. They are for whoever reads them. You willingly went to the cross out of love for us. And even if there had only been one person who sinned — You would have done it all because Your love is that great. You are the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 to find the one. Thank You, Jesus, for the gift of eternal life for all who believe in You. In Your Name, Amen.

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