“For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16).
Jesus’ declaration of God’s love for the world was unprecedented in Jewish literature. Even in the New Testament, “the world” (kosmos) was a term associated with those who rejected and had no regard for the things of God. How could the scope of his love be any less? If God’s love is, in fact, unconditional, then it must be for all and not some. That we are loved unconditionally offers the transformational perspective of viewing ourselves not through the lens of our own low self-esteem, but rather, the eye of God’s love.