We all know what Jesus said. Or do we? Do we serve an “angry God” who is out to do me in? Or is God good? I must decide and it makes a difference.
For God so loved the world …
We know that God is good. God is also in a good mood.
We also know there will be justice. There will be a judgement day. We will have to give an account of ourselves.
“God, Who is by nature good and dispassionate, loves all men equally as His handiwork. But He glorifies the virtuous man because in his will he is united to God. At the same time, in His goodness he is merciful to the sinner and by chastising him in this life brings him back to the path of virtue. Similarly, a man of good and dispassionate judgment also loves all men equally. He loves the virtuous man because of his nature and the probity of his intention; and he loves the sinner, too, because of his nature and because in his compassion he pities him for foolishly stumbling in darkness.”
— Maximos the Confessor