New Understanding

"There is no eternal doom awaiting those who trust him to save them. But those who don't trust him have already been tried and condemned for not believing in the only Son of God. Their sentence is based on this fact: that the Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their deeds were evil. They hated the heavenly Light because they wanted to sin in the darkness. They stayed away from that Light for fear their sins would be exposed and they would be punished. But those doing right come gladly to the light to let everyone see that they are doing what God wants them to." John 3; 18-21 (TLB)

Pal Tunde is from Pest, Hungary. She grew up without going to church or learning about God. As an adult, when she was expecting her third child, she found her dad's Bible among his things after his death.

After finding his Bible, Pal looked at the verses he had underlined hoping to know him better. John 3:16 was one of the underlined verses. Pal read today's quoted verse too and learned that if she did not believe in the name of Jesus Christ she was judgment. But then She wondered, Why should she believe? When she once asked God for something, she got no answer.

The word judgement was often in her thoughts after that. She could not remember all that She read from the verses, but that word stood out. She started to dwell on it. She began to worry about terrible things happening to me as a result of God's judgement, like dying in childbirth or losing her son. She dreamed about it at night. For months, these thoughts brought her misery.

But then her child was born healthy. When she came home from the hospital, she read John 3 again and came upon verse 16: "For God so loved the world...." It was as if she had missed those words before! For several months, she had been afraid of something she had misunderstood. Now when she reads the Bible and does not understand something, she brings it before God in prayer.

Prayer: Loving God, as we read the Bible, help us to understand Your Word, or guide us to someone who can help us to understand more clearly, in Jesus' name, amen.

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