It takes tenacity to tame our motivations!
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.[g]” –John 3:16-21
For those who believe in God’s one and only Son you are saved! You were shipwrecked in an ocean of guilt and shame, with no way to be found. But a light cast throughout the sky like a lightning bolt and you had a choice. A choice to follow the light or stay lost. How could you not choose the light? Why would you want to stay in the darkness? The light brings freedom and hope! In Jesus our rescuer there is no guilt or shame!
Be driven by love and not by guilt. Be motivated by the love God has shown us to send his Son, to take our place, and pay for our sins.