John 3:16-17 — For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born on earth and die on a cross. Why? We are all sinners and the Bible says the consequence of sin is death, eternal separation from God. There is nothing we can do to make us “good enough” for heaven.
But God made a way. Christ lived a perfect, blameless life and provided the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He died in our place.
It is only by God’s grace—His undeserved mercy—that we can have eternal life with Him in heaven. All we have to do is have faith, to believe Christ died for us and ask Him to forgive our sins.
God never condemns us but rather we are convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit. Conviction is when God speaks to us through our conscience and tells us that something is right or wrong. That is the guidance of the Holy Spirit calling us to change our path.
Jesus always displayed love and forgiveness perfectly. For instance, the Pharisees brought before Jesus a woman caught in adultery (John8: 1 – 11) and asked that she be stoned to death in accordance with the law. The only person who could really condemn her was Jesus because he committed no sin, yet He forgave her and sent her on her way.
When we live in condemnation we can never move forward. The devil takes great delight in reminding us repeatedly of all the wrong that we have done in our life. When we come to Jesus He forgives us and works with us.
Peter denied Jesus three times. The Apostles who were so close to Jesus fled from Jesus at the first hint of trouble. Yet when Jesus rose again and met them, the first thing He said was “peace be with you”. The Apostles must have experienced guilt when they saw Jesus after the crucifixion which is why Jesus said these words to them. It was because He understood their weakness; He did not condemn them but raised them up once again.
Jesus says these same encouraging and wonderful words to each one of us without any exception – “peace be with you”.
Whatever wrong has been done by us has been cancelled, He loves us and His favour on our life will be the same, He wants us to once again follow Him. There is not a single person who does not make mistakes every day, but Jesus continues to love us. All we have to do is repent.
Jesus not only forgives us but strengthens us also.
If God didn’t forgive sinners, heaven would be empty.