In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
July 25, 2007 – No Condemnation, Only Love – Romans 8:1-2
Ephesians 3:18 says the Father’s love for His children is so wide, long, high, and deep that we can never fully understand its scope. God’s love is constant, and it lasts forever. But sometimes, our emotions tell us otherwise.
In our minds, we often associate divine love with our behavior. When we’re good, we believe we’re loved. But when we make mistakes, we question how much He cares for us. After a series of missteps, we might think He disapproves of us far more often than He loves us. Some of us even think God’s judgment hangs over us like a dark cloud.
The truth is, there’s no condemnation for any believer. At the cross, Jesus accepted everything that would condemn us before almighty God. In the Father’s divine court of law, His Son was found guilty in our place so we could be set free from condemnation. It’s as if God stamped “Paid in Full” on the record of our sin-debt. The Christian’s transgressions are completely covered by the blood of Jesus. It doesn’t matter if the offense occurred before salvation or years in the future. No believer is indebted to God for sin.
We need to understand that He doesn’t excuse our sin. Our loving, heavenly Father uses discipline to bring us back to godly behavior. He allows us to experience sins consequences. But divine condemnation isn’t one of them. Will you open your heart and mind to receive God’s love today?
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