Romans 8.1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
Two weeks ago I attended a few days of Student Life at the Beach with our high schoolers. A few of us went over there to hang out with the rising college freshmen and hear Matt Chandler speak. Matt Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church, and has been one of my favorite speakers since my Junior year of high school, where he spoke at our Student Life camp. He speaks the truth, no matter how harsh, he is passionate about living life for Christ, and he is hilarious. Put together, he makes a great speaker.
Matt said something in one of his messages that has stuck with me ever since. It seems like such a simple concept, yet it is so amazing when you really think about it. He said that, at the cross of Christ, when the Creator of the Universe died to forgive each one of us for our sins, our sins were all future sins. Therefore, we can do NOTHING to change God’s mind about us. Think about it, when He sacrificed His life, it wasn’t like He said “okay, I’ll die for these sins over here, but if he/she does anything else, it’s not forgiven”. No, every single sin we have ever sinned, and will sin in the future, is covered by His blood. He will not change His mind about how much He loves us, no matter what! Now, this is no reason to go out and abuse His grace. In fact, Galatians says quite the opposite. We are not to indulge in our sin, but serve others in our freedom!
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. (Gal 5:14)”
This should give us a hope, that even when we feel like we have failed miserably, He still loves us. No matter how we feel.
As Romans 8 says, there is no condemnation for those who are in Him. In fact, God has promised us mercy for today. For when we feel like failures, He has given us mercy. And He will give us new mercy every single day. New mercy, new strength, and new grace is available to us every day.
I love the Message version of Lamentations 3:22-24:
“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.”
Therefore, we are not to feel condemned, but grateful, repentant, faithful, and hopeful that He has forgiven us of our sin, and He continues to give us mercy and grace each day of our lives. What a blessing!