Little Nancy had kept every doll that her family and friends had given her. Over the years they had become tattered and worn. Some had missing eyes and ears and a few had lost some or most of their hair.
One day a friend of her mother came for a visit. With pride Little Nancy invited the guest to visit her bedroom and meet her dolls. All of her dolls were carefully displayed on her bed. “I love these dolls,” she said to the guest.
Picking up a doll with a button missing from an eye, part of the thread missing from its lips and a face that had become worn from being held so very much, she said, “I love this one the most,” she said with a charming smile.
“Why?” asked the friend.
“Well,” she replied, “if I didn’t, probably nobody would.”
How like our Heavenly Father. When we read John 3:16, we are confronted with a love that includes everyone – no exceptions or preconditions. When Jesus said whosoever He included everyone.
Often when we see those who are marred by sin and self-destructive behaviors or catch a glimpse of those who are dirty and grimy and homeless, we look away in disgust. Not Jesus. He sees a life He died for.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to see those for whom You died as You do. May we realize the great price You paid for their salvation and do what we can to win them to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: John 3:16 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.