31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39.
There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. One of the tools and weapons of the enemy is condemnation. He will lie to us and tell us that somehow because of something we have done that we have separated ourselves from God. But the Lord chose us before the foundations of the world. It is He who drew us unto Himself by the leading and conviction of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord understands our shortcomings and He understands our mistakes. His desire is that we would learn from our mistakes and continue to grow in Him. Every mistake we make is simply a lesson to be learned from. Our Father in Heaven is far more patient and understanding then we even understand.
We also need to realize that our growth in Christ is a progressive process. We don’t go from being a brand new Christian to being a mature Christian overnight. It is a process that happens over a lifetime as we walk with the Lord and abide with Him.
We can learn a lot from observing the growth of a person in the natural. When a person is born they are a new born baby, they are not able to do anything on their own. But overtime as they develop they begin by learning how to crawl, then learning how to stand, then learning how to walk, then learning how to run. This is a process that happens overtime and only happens as the person falls down and learns to pick themselves up over and over again.
When we are a new Christian we usually fall very easily for the deceptions of the enemy. But as we continue with the Lord each day we begin to understand the weaknesses within ourselves and how the enemy chooses to attack us. As we grow in this understanding we learn how to walk in victory as we abide in the Lord and keep our eyes centered upon Jesus.
The enemy will try to overwhelm us with condemnation trying to get us to stop walking with the Lord. But if we understand that God knows all things then we understand He knows every mistake and short coming we will have. He is never surprised by our mistakes and He has enabled us by His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in victory in every area of our lives.
God’s grace, mercy, and patience is not a license to live in disobedience and rebellion. If we are treating the grace of God as something that enables us to live in sin then we don’t fully understand all that Jesus went through so that we could be free. When we understand the depths of the Saviors sacrifice for us then we desire to please Him in all things.
Let us always remember that our walk with Jesus is one step at a time. Yes there will be times when we fall short and we fail, but in all of it our Father in Heaven simply desires for us to learn and continue to grow. He is much more concerned with our character and maturity above everything else. God bless you as you continue to walk with Jesus.