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Jesus came to save, not condemn.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” Jn. 3:16-19 God sent Jesus to save us. None of us are worthy of heaven. However, those who choose to follow Jesus will see heaven.

“And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” Jn. 12:47-48 He came to save us.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Lk. 19:10 He seeks us by sending people into our lives who would lead us to Jesus if we are willing to follow.

“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Jn. 8:10-12 He created everything to work together for good if we would only follow Him and His way.

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” Lk. 6:37 He calls us to love, not condemn others.

“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;” Jn. 17:14-20 He calls us to follow Him in His work of saving those who would be willing. Those who refuse will have judged themselves.

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Jn. 17:3 He wants us to know Him, as He knows us. Therefore, He seeks a relationship with us, even though He knows all the evil things we have done in this life, because His love is unconditional.

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Tim. 1:15 We are all sinners, so He offers to save everyone willing.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 Jn. 1:9 Our unrighteousness cannot be questioned, for we have all sinned, which makes His offer to cleanse us all miraculous.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Rom. 8:1 He has taken the punishment for all that we have done in the flesh. He hung it on the cross of His sacrifice for us.

“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” 1 Jn. 2:2-6 This is how His love is perfected in us, making us fit to live in a heavenly world where everyone loves everyone else.

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Tim. 2:5 Jesus is the only one fit to be our mediator, for He is the only one who died on a cross for our sins.

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Pet. 3:9 If only I had the patience of God, how my life would be different. But fortunately, He knows my flaws and loves me anyway!

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38 Repenting is scary. It means we must consider our actions and how they affect others. It means we confess our mistakes and ask for forgiveness. But, then, it requires we try not to repeat the offense. Is there any other way to become better people? People, who have a chance of living with others for all eternity?

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10 This is also a scary thing, however, if we accept Jesus’ sacrifice, His blood covers all of our sins. Therefore, we do not need to fear that judgment day.

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jn. 6:44 The only way we can lay down our pride enough to accept Jesus as our savior, is to recognize the Father’s love and return it to Him and everyone else. It is His love that draws us to Jesus.

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