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.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. ~~ John 3:16-17 (KJV)
Whosoever is the critical word in this passage. It is all encompassing. It excludes no one. It means any one at all.
That includes the child that you cannot seem to control, the co-worker who is undermining your reputation with the boss, the cranky neighbor who threatened to kill your dog if it barks one more time past 9:00 pm.
It also includes those who incite to riot, those who would destroy our society, those who plot against our nation.
For God so loved the world…
All the world, every whosoever in it, good, bad, or indifferent.
God loves them, every one individually. So if we are to be sons and daughters of God, we need to love them as well.
What?! You mean I must love this person I can’t stand to be in the same room with? How do I do that?
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. ~~ Matthew 5:44-45 (KJV)
See also Luke 6:27-29
Things happen when a believing person prays. They may not be the things we thought would happen, but changes do come about.
The first thing that happens when we pray for someone is that we are changed.We begin to see this person with the eyes of the Father. Any anger and resentment we have against that person diminishes until it disappears.
Whether the person we pray for changes is not our business. Once we pray for that person, the results are in the hands of God.
God is a “whosoever” God. He excludes no one. Each one excludes himself by disbelief.’
Help us to see all the whosoevers in this world as You see them, through Your eyes of love. Grant that we may pray for them to be wooed back into your family. Give us the grace to rejoice over the prodigal returned.
In Jesus’ most precious name.