“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
That the World Might Be Saved
God uses experiences of brokenness to break through to us the Good News that God loves us as we are. God comes not to condemn but to save.
-Br. Luke Ditewig
Transcript: This week’s theme is “God is Love.” We’re asking, “How can we further be assured that God has unconditional love for us?” Today’s verse is: “Indeed, God did not send his Son into the world in order to condemn the world, but rather that it might be saved through him.”
For what do you feel or fear being condemned? What is it that you have done wrong, or what it is that you hear the words “you’re not good enough,” or “something is missing”? Those are different. We all do wrong and we all have the challenge of shame, which tells us that we’re not good enough.
In both God uses experiences of brokenness to break through to us the Good News that God loves us as we are. God comes not to condemn but to save. I invite you in your prayer to listen first for what are the voices that condemn, voices that you hear in yourself or that others have said to you. Acknowledge those voices and set those aside. Then be attentive to what it is that you have done wrong, that you are wounded, or that you feel lost. Hold these honestly before God and listen for God’s response.
God comes – as our verse reminds us today – not to condemn, but to save. For God loves you as you are. Listen for God’s voice to you today.