For God so loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT
The word ‘so’ makes such an impact when speaking. I was thinking earlier this morning about some contrasts like the ones below.
My baby is hungry. My baby is so hungry.
My friend is happy. My friend is so happy.
She looks thin. She is so thin.
I am loved. I am so loved.
This little word expands the effect. It enhances the meaning many times over.
God so loves. Not just likes. Not just loves. So loves.
And who is the blessed recipient? The world. Sounds so impersonal and that would be concerning were it not for the personalization of God’s specific words to His children. He speaks to one person at a time. He has each of us engraved, one at a time, on the palms of His hands. When he looks down, He does not see a picture of the world. He sees each of us. And when He does, He so loves.
Oh, and it doesn’t end there. He is so invested. He is so grieved by sin. He is so moved by our worship. He is socelebrant when a child returns home. He is so nurturing. He is so protective. He is so encouraging. He is so hopeful that my faith will remain till the end.
But more than anything ~ He just longs for me to know that the word ‘so’ is true. I have always been so loved. I am so loved right now. And I will be so loved forever.
Forgive me when I’m skeptical. With You there is no shadow of turning. Rest, real rest, can be mine right now. Amen