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No Condemnation
May 3, 2016

J. Granger, in his book Sons: A Father's Love (Word, 1999), describes the return of his son.  Through years of drug abuse, Scott had stolen from the family, manipulated them and had failed them. It had been a relief not to hear from him for two years.

Then Scott called and told his dad that he'd been through a rehabilitation program a year and a half ago that provided something no other had offered. "I met Jesus Christ. I've been forgiven for my past. I want to ask you and Mom to forgive me, too." He said he was now helping other addicts get straightened out.

J. Granger was torn between hope and cynicism. The well-groomed, bright-eyed young man who arrived at the airport looked like a stranger. In the days that followed, Scott told how, in the midst of drug withdrawal, he'd seen a vision of Jesus Christ on the cross and cried out to him for help. His withdrawal symptoms ended instantly. That experience had led him to a church. "I asked Jesus to be my Lord," he quietly explained, "and my life hasn't been the same since."  The change in Scott was too dramatic to ignore.  Today, Jesus has given Scott’s Dad and Mom the same new life He gave their returning son.

The fact is “…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”  Through faith in Jesus everyone who believes receives forgiveness and life.  Even in the most desperate and hopeless situations Jesus provides hope and freedom from condemnation.  It does not matter what we have done, where we have been or who we have been with.  Through trust in Jesus we are removed from all condemnation.  What is more, we become safe and secure in His protection and care (Romans 8:31-39).  No condemnation sounds pretty attractive to me. 

What are your feelings of condemnation and guilt?  Do you feel beyond help?  Ask Jesus to work a miracle in your life.  No one is ever denied. 

pj

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