For a reminder of what I’m doing this month, read this post.
God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
Many people equate Jesus and Christianity with judgement – they avoid accepting Christ because they know they will have to change or because they feel unworthy of his love. But this verse reminds us that He came first and foremost to save us, not to judge us. Judgement will come eventually, but in this life, He simply offers us salvation and eternal life with Him.
This is important for us to remember and apply to our own lives – as Christians, we should be accepting of people regardless of their lifestyles. This does not mean that we are to condone their actions or encourage them to continue living sinful lives after they have accepted Christ, but that we should first and foremost love them and introduce them to Jesus.
God’s love is of course the key to all this – John 3:16 reminds us of that: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (NLT) It is because of this love that He gives us our whole lives to accept His offer of salvation and does not condemn us while we still walk this earth. Jesus accomplished His purpose as it was laid out for Him by His father – to come and save us so that we would not spend eternity apart from Him. If we are to emulate Jesus, we ought to lean on the Father’s love to guide us to loving others.
This verse comes from Air1.