“For this is how God 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
Let’s pair up and ask each other the following questions:
1. What do you love most about playing sports?
2. Who is someone in your life that you really love and why?
As your coach, I give my time for this team because I love to coach and I love to see each of you improve as athletes and, more importantly, grow as people.
I’m not the only one who loves being a part of your lives. You have family, friends, teachers, and spiritual leaders who also love you and want to see you succeed and want to help you make a difference in the world.
But God’s love for you is unconditional. That means, He will always love you for exactly who you are. That’s right, the Creator of the universe and the One who made you in His image loves you, no matter what.
Here’s the amazing thing–God loves each of us even though none of us deserve to be loved by Him. That’s because we all are born with sin in our hearts.
In the Bible, we read that, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” — Romans 3:23
Who knows what sin is?
Sin happens when we disobey God and do things that He doesn’t want us to do—things that aren’t good for us and take us away from His purpose for our lives. But God loves us too much to let us suffer the consequences of our mistakes.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I’m so glad that God loved me enough to give me eternal life. Are you?
Let’s close in prayer:
“Dear God, thank You for giving us Your great love. Thank You for giving us the free gift of eternal life through Jesus. Amen.”