People are what matters most to God, do they matter the most to us?

John 3:16 illustrates in a nutshell the Father God’s profound love for the world and his Son’s willingness to sacrifice himself for it:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Verse 17 continues on to emphasize the reason for the Son’s sacrifice:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

The Koine Greek word translated world above is: κοσμον (kosmon) This word does mean world but it also means, universe and humankind. Used here it appears then to illustrate the place of humankind as the object of the salvation act selflessly performed by the Son.

This is a good thing to remember when in the midst of making important decisions: people matter most!

So if you can’t decide, think about the people involved and what is good for them. Sometimes the right decision involves a sacrifice on our part in order to put people first. Its not about putting people before God, its about remembering the reason Jesus came to save us in the first place!

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