John 3:17: “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

God’s mission is to save, not to judge. Even though God is ultimately our judge and we’ll account to Him after our departure from this life, here is a surprise for you:

God is not judgmental.

If He was, He would not have sent His Son Jesus into the world to save us. He would not be the kind of Shepherd who searches high and low to find His lost sheep. If He was judgmental He would have written us off a long time ago.

Being judgmental however is profoundly human and started with the discovery of evil back in the Garden of Eden. Upon mingling with evil we have fallen prey to evil; in order to rid ourselves from evil we became judgmental. Being judgmental is falling prey to the illusion that we have figured out how to be good, in fact, we think we’re professionals at it! With that mindset we start looking down our nose on other people comparing their performance with ours.

Of course this is all wrong. First of all, we are lying to ourselves and others if we think we have figured out how to be good. Jesus said that only God is good. He’s the professional if you will. When it comes to judging people, He is the Judge, and He will judge correctly. However – continuing to use business terminology here – if judging was God’s profession, mercy would be His passion. God loves to forgive to give us another chance. That’s who God is.

We have to understand how merciful God is to even consider returning back to Him. Don’t let bad experiences with judging humans hold you back. The verse preceding our today’s Bible quote in John’s gospel says this encouraging truth (John 3:16):

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

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