Today, in the daily devotional, we want to draw your attention to the dialogue between Nicodemus and Jesus. Jesus reveals the mystery of God’s love, to which Nicodemus responds with doubt: “That is impossible! How can God love me, a sinful man, so much?” Let us also hear this wonderful message of God’s love.
Daily Devotional for October 25
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” (John 3:4)
Nicodemus and Jesus
Nicodemus goes to Jesus at night, that is, in the dark. In John’s Gospel, darkness represents both seeking and sin. Nicodemus, searching but also perhaps sinful and confused, comes to Jesus and questions him about God. Jesus tells Nicodemus the secret of the Father’s love: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16).
To better grasp the profound content of these words of Jesus, let us turn our attention to three characteristics of God’s love.
God’s Love is Unconditional
First, God loves us unselfishly and unconditionally. Most of the time, we find that people like us as much as we can be kind, loving, responsive, open, and grateful. But often, a “but” can creep in: “I love you, but…” This “but” can hurt us. When we relate what we experience with people to our relationship with God, sometimes it is hard to believe He loves us just the way we are.
God loves everyone with unconditional love. There is no need to put on a mask before Him. He is your Father, and you are His beloved child.
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God’s Love is Personal
Second, God loves everyone personally. Many people are familiar with the story of the ancient Greek wise man Diogenes of Sinope, who walked around the city in broad daylight with a lantern. When asked why he was doing this, the wise man replied, “I was looking for a man.” Diogenes was looking for a righteous man worthy of being called human.
But God is looking for everyone, including those who are no longer worthy to be called human in their own eyes and the eyes of others. The truth is that there has never been and never will be a person whom God does not love because Jesus gave his life to each one of us.
There is no one whom God does not love
God’s Love is Unchanging
Third, God’s love is unchanging and everlasting. God will never stop loving us. We cannot do anything so good that God loves us more, nor anything so wrong that He loves us less. He will never stop loving us because He is Love.
Allow God to Enter Your Life
As you reflect on your own life, notice the mistake made by the religious leaders of that time. They protected the faith of their people from idolatry, but by focusing on externals and rituals, they prevented God from working in their lives. Let us avoid repeating this mistake. Let God enter your life. Put aside all doubts and trust in His love for you.
Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, on the way of faith, we become aware of the depth of your love that you have given us, your Son. This reflects Your desire that through Jesus Christ, we may have eternal life.
We stand humbly before this gift of yours. In the silence of our hearts, we contemplate the greatness of your love, which encompasses our lives and every corner of the world. May our hearts, in rhythmic thanksgiving, pulsate with this truth, making our life a constant worship.
Help us, Father, not only to receive but also to repay this love by living as reflections of Christ, radiating the promise of eternal life. May our faith have an unshakable commitment to reflect your love in everything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.