36. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world (John 3:17).
Many of God’s modern servants could use a dose of this reality. Condemnation and judgmental attitudes toward the world are commonplace in modern Christianity, at least in our nation. But Jesus’ mission was never to condemn the world. He did judge the inner thoughts and attitudes of religious people, an experience that many Christians likely would not find attractive, but He didn’t criticize the Roman culture or the broken behaviors of those on Jerusalem’s streets. He loved them, demonstrating the familiar truth of the preceding verse. His servants have that same mission and need to recognize that judgmental attitudes don’t change people’s hearts. Instead that spirit pushes people away. Love, as it turns out, is the only thing that changes people.