God Loves the World So Much

God loves the world so much
That He gave His only Son
So that the world through Him
Might be saved.
Yes, God loves the world so much
That He gave His only Son.

God did not send His Son
To condemn the world,
But that the world through Him
Might be saved.
Yes, God loves the world so much
That He gave His only Son.

About This Song:
Please accept my apologies for being so late posting this past Sunday’s lyrics, but I was out of town with very limited Internet access. If you’ll forgive me again, I’ll make this my Wednesday post–one day early.

“God Loves the World So Much” was the second song I ever wrote–sometime in the latter 1960s. The lyrics come from John 3:16-17, a very familiar passage to Christians and undoubtedly our most beloved Scripture.

If you’re like me, you memorized the King James Version translation:

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

As I always do with songs based on Scripture, I reword them my own way, trying very hard to stay true to the intent of the original. However, one choice I consciously made with this song was to say “God loves”–present tense–instead of “God loved.”

While God sent Jesus in human form only one time, His love is past, present, and future. Hence my preference for “God loves.”

Non-Christians often question how a loving God can “condemn the world.” That’s the result of sin, something that happened because God wanted human beings to have free will, and every one of us sins. Nobody is “good enough” on his own to meet God’s standards.

You can find a free PDF lead sheet (chords, melody, & lyrics) for this song on my websiteCheck here for all available lead sheets.

Please come back again this weekend for another song.

Best regards,
Roger

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About Roger E. Bruner

Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to write Christian fiction full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he is active in his church choir, church praise team, and nursing home ministry. Roger also enjoys reading, web design, mission trips, photography, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen. Roger’s young adult novels, Found in Translation and Lost in Dreams, came out in 2011. The Devil and Pastor Gus just came out, and he has eight unpublished manuscripts.
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