Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
I play Solitaire and other card games on my phone to wind down. Some games turn out better for me than others. I can’t win them all, but I’d really like to! My competitive nature compels me to try to win. I discovered a nifty little undo button at the bottom of the screen I can use. If I make a move that doesn’t help me win, I simply undo that move and try a different one. I can undo as many moves as I would like. I can also reset the whole game if it’s going badly.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an undo button in life? Those times when hurtful words come tumbling out of my mouth like snow in an avalanche. Undo. When I choose to disobey the subtle voice in my head and go my own direction. Undo. Sometimes I’d like to reset the whole day and try again.
In life we don’t get a redo. My dad used to tell me I was cheating if I went back a move and tried again when I was playing Solitaire. I still have his voice in my head when I push that undo arrow. I think God must agree with my dad. Life marches forward but we can’t rewind time and try again. We may get another opportunity to make the right decision but it will be in a different circumstance.
I am learning that it is not so much about living a perfect life, free from error. In fact, I learn a great deal after I make a mistake. And I usually remember the lesson long after. God knows we will mess up. He has already provided forgiveness for our sins through Jesus.
Thank you, God, that you did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him (John 3:17) so there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).