God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world – John 3:17
I went to see the doctor the other day.
I received a diagnosis. Following the diagnosis, I received a treatment plan where the doctor prescribed a new way to live in light of “the knowing through” a diagnosis offers.
This is a much different experience than standing before a judge; ready to receive sentencing.
In both situations, I could have easily done things that contributed to a bad situation for me or others.
But perhaps it’s better in situations of guilt and shame to remember that God sent a great physician to us all to offer a diagnosis and treatment plan rather than an aloof arbiter ready to exact stiff penalties for our brokenness.
God knows we need healing more than punishment.