Whenever we fail or stumble in our walk with God, Jesus doesn’t quit loving us or believing in us. He knows that His love has the power to overcome everything
we are struggling with.
The Old Testament is filled with examples of God continuing to show His love and believe in people even after they ran from Him and compromised. For instance,
God told the prophet Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and declare His words of warning, but Jonah ran the other direction. He had no intention of
doing what the Lord had told him to do. It was only after Jonah called out to God in repentance from the belly of that great fish that everything started
to turn around.
Then in Jonah 3:1-3, we read one of the truly great statements about God:
“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.’
So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord” (Jonah 3:1-3 NKJV).
Did you see it? God spoke to Jonah a second time. Just as God did with Jonah, He also continues to give us new opportunities to get it
God will always give us a second chance to obey Him and do it right. In fact, He will give us a third, a fourth, and a fifth chance—and He won’t
stop there because He will not give up on us.
Romans 8:1-4 makes a clear case for staying free from the nagging voice of the accuser:
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the
law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through
the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement
of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (NKJV).
I like the way the New Century Version of verse 1 reads: “So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty.” We have been judged, but
not judged guilty! We are judged with Jesus’ righteous judgment. We are now in Christ, free of guilt and every last trace of condemnation. We have
been made the righteousness of God. Old things have passed away, and we are a new creation in Him. Death and condemnation have given way to life, love,
forgiveness, and right-standing with God.
There is now no more condemnation. Our sins are under the eternal and unchanging blood sacrifice of Jesus! So we must confess our sins to the
Father, and be done with them. As we receive the freedom that is ours in Jesus, we will close the door on condemnation and allow the depth of His love
to restore us and make us whole.