He Came to Help You

posted Mar 20, 2011, 2:11 PM by Oxford Second
Probably one of the most famous verses in the New Testament of the Bible is John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

Or, as Eugene Peterson phrases it, "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again..."

Not to condemn, but to save. Not to point an accusing finger, but to help. He made the ultimate sacrifice - all out of love. And that's what we, as believers are to share.

So what's gone wrong? Why do so many who call themselves "Christians" seem to be acting out in condemning, accusatory and finger-pointing ways? Why does this seem to be the new face of Christianity? Why does there seem to be so much confusion about what it is to be Christian, even among Christians? And are we guilty of it ourselves?

As angry and disturbed as we might be about the wrong actions of others, it never justifies responding in kind.

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