Have you ever asked your children, “Why did you do that?” The answer you receive varies from, “I don’t know” to “Would you repeat the question?” I really don’t like the “I don’t know” answer because to me it smacks of evasive ignorance. I get that sometimes we do things with little thought and our actions can be spontaneous and in the moment. Have you ever asked God, “Why did you do that?” No flippant answer from Him will come your way. His actions are thoughtful, planned, and sovereign and carry generational and eternal repercussions.

God loved the world (all the people from every nation) so much, that He willingly sent His One and Only Son to save us from our sin. Jesus said that He didn’t come to be served (as a King should have been), “.. but to serve and give His life a ransom for many!” Now that’s an awesome reason. He came to give His life to ransom us. John writes and says, “For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

So, I find that an intriguing reason. John understood that Jesus came to ransom us and thereby loose us or free us from the bondage of the enemy so we could be liberated to serve God Who sent His Son. These same reasons (love, mercy, kindness) should be the motivation behind the actions we express to one another.

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