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.
I think that in the age in which we live is more difficult to understand the love of God as expressed in John 3:16. And it is that now everyone is looking to take advantage of relationships. Hardly anyone is able to deliver what most appreciated by love. Personal conveniences have replaced the selfless love. Rather, everyone asks what I get in return instead of providing something of him or her. But what John 3:16 is the clearest expression of the word love.
To understand the way God loved the world, we must look in Scripture itself. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 we read: Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. As described in this passage is God’s love to the world.
The love of God to the world is suffered. Delivery of His Son to die on a cross for the sins of the entire world is a living example of suffering for any parent. Imagine you had to give up your son or daughter to certain death just to save others. The death of the fruit of your womb you would suffer greatly. Do not you think God suffered when Jesus was crucified? And that was only for love of you and me and all mankind.
As 1 Corinthians 13 goes on to say, God’s love is kind, without envy, without boasting and without vanity. God, the Almighty, the Creator of all that exists, has loved us not boast of that great love. As owner of everything, He has nothing to envy anyone. But He does not boast of being King and Lord of all creation and has put all His great goodness for the benefit of us all.
God’s love for the world does not behave rudely or is seeking its own. Everything God has done has been for the sole purpose of seeking our welfare, not His. He may have wanted to punish our wickedness, but preferred to give us a chance to be forgiven by sending His Son to take the punishment we deserved. God so loved the world that He sought first our own thing before seeking His.
God’s love for the world and is not irritated or resentful. Mankind, from Adam until now, has been offending God with sin. And He, rather than irritated or guard grudge for all our sins, sent His Son to die for them. God could bear a grudge against every sinner being on Earth. However, His response to change has been giving us the opportunity of being struck by His mercy through repentance for all our sins.
The love of God for the whole world suffers, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. God suffers every time we sin against Him, but He believes in us more than ourselves. Therefore, He waits patiently for repentance. Even God every day supports our rejection of His Word and the atoning sacrifice of His Son. Do not you think it’s time to give back a little of His great love? Reflect on the love God has for you. Repent of your sins and accept His Son as your Lord. God bless you.