Highlighted words - For God So Loved the world

Word Emphasis Meditation

How to use word emphasis meditation

Go through a passage several times, putting emphasis on each word separately, and thinking about why that word is there and what it means in this passage. Think about what some common meanings for the word are.

I find this works best when saying the complete passage out loud and stopping to think about each word in turn.  Here is an example: John 3:16

  1. For GOD so loved the world that He gave His only son … (GOD, creator, all powerful, big, father, mighty being…)
  2. For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only son … ( LOVED, really cared for, liked, putting others needs first, an action to benefit others, a feeling)
  3. For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only son … ( WORLD, whole world, people no just place, everyone, me too…)
  4. For God so loved the world He GAVE His only son … ( GAVE, no cost, free, present, not sold, a gift, mine not to be taken back)


Summarising each word on paper then re-writing the passage when the meditation ends can help make it more meaningful For Example:


the all mighty creator,

all powerful Father and carer,

So Loved

and cared for me,

showing he likes and values us

by putting others needs first,

The World

Our planet, the Earth

and all the people in it


male / female,

rich / poor,

black / white / yellow / brown / red

the good and the bad

famous and forgotten

He Gave,

with no cost

and no take backs,

freely without conditions,

His only,

unique and special son,

knowing He has no others

an irreplaceable and priceless being



Some other great passages to try this on are:

  • 1 Corinthians 13
  • Jude 24-25
  • Revelation 21:1-4
  • Psalm 119:105
  • Psalm 139

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