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“‘For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead’” (Acts 17:31, NLT).

When we read the Bible, we don’t just read it. We bring perspective, world view, prejudice, background, culture, gender, birth order and maybe even our preference for vanilla or chocolate. So a verse like this means different things to different people and religions. The word judging usually conjures up something negative, which only adds to the mix.

I would like to offer this perspective: perhaps it doesn’t mean what we think it means. With that in mind, let’s focus on the most important part of this verse: Jesus. God’s perfect justice will be done by and through the one he raised from the dead, which means we don’t have to imagine any scary scenarios or be afraid of his judging. However it happens (or has happened), it will be done in love, with mercy, grace and kindness.