“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who 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. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned…” – John 3:16-18
John is direct, and I am so grateful for his Spirit-inspired insights into the Kingdom of God; into Jesus Christ. After Matthew, Mark, and Luke, who all tell what Jesus did, John explains who Jesus was, is, and forever will be. If you have soaked in the book of John before, you have perhaps felt the divine truth in every word, especially in John 1 and 3, which are probably the most well-known. Even many nonbelievers know John 3:16, a testament to the enduring power of the Word. Let’s read further, though. John 3:17 highlights what Jesus did not come to do: He did not come to condemn us—any of us—but to save us, and if we believe in Him, we are not condemned. What an undeserving gift for an idolatrous, broken, and unbelieving world!
How can we reflect this undeserving gift as Christian moms? I have two beautiful, imperfect daughters and two strong, imperfect sons. Though imperfect myself, I have many opportunities to jump onto my ‘mommy soapbox’ and condemn their poor behavior and its impact on themselves and others. While course correction is an integral part of motherhood, the method of course correction has a major impact on those we are attempting to help. Remember Romans 2:3-4, “So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” Jesus is so kind to us, the undeserving. Like us, our children need kindness, forbearance, and patience, not condemnation, as they learn to walk in repentance, obedience, and new life. Prayerfully seek the Father’s wisdom through every situation, asking, “Spirit, how can I demonstrate Your love and gentle discipline for my children right now? Thank you for helping me to be the wise mother that You created me to be.”
Bek Measmer and the Help Club for Moms Team