1 John 2:1-2
"My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."
Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
Reflection from Renee Edmondson:
Every morning, we wake up to a new day and a new start. A day to put God first, to be our best selves...and then we get out of bed. And life happens. When I think of sin, I think of some of the big ones such as murder, lust, greed or pride. But really, sin is anything that separates us from the love of God. It's the every day sin that messes up the new start - getting angry at the driver in front of us, speaking evil of others or gossiping, being dishonest, cursing or using filthy language, judging others, taking the name of the Lord in vain, thinking we are better than everyone else, the list could go on and on.
I believe God gave His only son, Jesus, as the sacrificial lamb once and for all because He knew that we are weak and will sin. Jesus took on my sins and the sins of the world when he was nailed to a rugged, wooden cross. His blood covers every sin ever committed.
We are human and we're going to make mistakes and do the wrong things even if we try really hard to do the right things. The good news is that God loves us no matter what. No matter how little or how big the sin, if we ask the Lord to forgive us, we will be forgiven - washed clean. We can go to bed knowing that we are loved and our sins forgiven. When we wake up, we have a new day and another new start! Let the day begin!
Dear God, thank you for a new day. Thank you for knowing us and loving us. As we go through this day, help us through each trial and temptation. Help us to stay strong and to trust that You will be with us each step of the way. Forgive us when we stumble and help us to keep our feet on the right path. We give You thanks and praise for all You do for us. You are our awesome God. Amen.