Romans chapter one and verse eight says, “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.”(NKJV) Condemnation in this context is simply passing judgment or rendering a verdict against the accused. The Apostle Paul said that for those who are in Christ Jesus, there is no judgment against those who have a relationship with Jesus.
There is no doubt that there are consequences for the sins that we commit against Christ. However, one of the greatest gifts that Father God has given us through his son Jesus Christ is grace. In John’s gospel, chapter eight, when the woman was caught in the very act of adultery and brought to Jesus for judgment, she found an abundance of grace. Those who were her accusers had to turn and walk away when they realized that they had sin in their own lives, too.
Jesus asked the women where her accusers were and she said there are none. Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” The grace of God that was extended to this woman is the same grace that is extended to each of us. Our God is a loving, compassionate, gracious and forgiving God. He chooses not to pass judgment upon us but rather offer us grace and mercy and time to repent and make changes in the way we live.
I am so thankful for the grace of God that does not condemn me for my mistakes, but offers me forgiveness in stead.
Pastor John Burk