So often, I think people view God, much like the policeman in a small Texas town. Just as the policeman is sitting by the road looking for a driver to make a mistake, so he can punish them with a ticket… they visualize God looking down from heaven, ready to squash them when they veer off the path. This perspective could not be farther from the truth.
John 3:16 reminds us that God’s motivation was love, when He sent Jesus Christ into the world to be born, and ultimately to die in our place. He continues in verse 17 to remind us that God sent Jesus not to judge you and I, but rather to save us. This distinction makes a big difference in how we approach our Heavenly Father. We can approach His throne confidently, knowing that He has declared us righteous because of Jesus…rather than in fear and trembling expecting punishment for our imperfection. We can be open and transparent, seeking His help in living a Godly life…rather than hiding in our shame. We can be gracious with others, realizing how much God has forgiven us…rather than judgemental and condescending. We can love sacrificially…because He loves us unconditionally and perfectly. Jesus Christ came to Earth to be Our Savior…What a beautiful truth!
God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17