God's love takes mercy farther than we hope and truth farther than we dare.
I am no Eugene Peterson; the paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13 that follows is my clumsy attempt to expose the heart of this sacred text and allow it’s thump-thump-thump to change the rhythm of your own heart.
“God so loved the world...” (John 3.16) The very important thing I notice about that verse is that there is no “because.” And if you can wrap your mind around this, it will knock you to the ground. When it comes to God “so loving” you and me, there is no because. You are simply beloved.