I keep being drawn back to Romans 8:1-2 – “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
Because when most people think of sin, they think of a harsh and cruel God waiting to punish them severely and condemn them eternally. To condemn – to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment, to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service, to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of.
But that is not God’s heart at all. How could that represent the God Paul talks about in Romans 5:8 (“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners”)?
Unconditional love does not condemn.
Unconditional love does not set a new standard and then demand you live up to the old one.
Unconditional love does not ever see us without purpose.
Unconditional love makes a way for the unholy man to come to God to rise above his sin.
Unconditional love has compassion on the sinner.
Unconditional love accepts us right where we are – and then encourages us to take the next step toward Him.
If you are feeling condemned today, that is NOT God. That is the enemy coming after your heart and your mind to convince you God’s love isn’t real. Don’t be fooled by his tricks. No matter where you are or what you have done, God is passionately pursuing you and hopefully waiting for you to give your burdens to Him.
There is no condemnation with God.
There is grace – heaping piles of grace so that you are covered from the top of your head down to the edge of your toenails.
There is forgiveness – waiting with open arms to cover your wrongs and heal your wounds.
There is love – unconditional and unlimited, waiting to be poured into you, over you, and through you.
He promises us in Isaiah 61:3 that He is waiting “To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”. Are you ready to receive it?
Marie Fremin. 6/2 and 6/7/16