Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7

In Christianity, we believe that Jesus shows us what God is like. Jesus Christ is the lens through which we should view and interpret all of Scripture and all of our life experience. Have you ever seen Jesus make a buddy sick? Have you ever seen Jesus hurt somebody because they sin? He might have kicked over a couple tables, but He didn’t hurt anybody. Did Jesus ever go to the Pharisees and say, “Oh you foolish Pharisees. I’m going to give you smallpox for three weeks. I’m going to give you cancer. And then if you get it right, and you come back to me and you apologize, then I’ll make you better.” Can you imagine Jesus doing something like that? Jesus is God. Jesus shows us what God is like, and He’s not punishing you. In fact, when people come to Jesus, He heals them. He gives dignity to outcasts. He loves the people that religious people love to reject — in fact, He loves them most. He invites hurting to His table. He brings forgiveness, reconciliation, life, love, and purpose. God is not punishing you, He is blessing you.


Thank you, God, for Jesus. Thank you for sending Him to earth, as a man, to show us what you are like. You are not mad at us, you love us.


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