Our Loving Advocate
Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?… No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:34–35, 37, NLT
When she first got her license, my daughter got pulled over for not stopping completely at a stop sign. She wasn’t speeding and there were no other cars in the quiet residential area intersection, but she couldn’t deny that she hadn’t made a complete stop. She was absolutely beside herself with regret.
A good family friend is an attorney. He offered to go with her to court. A kid who’s had her license less than a month would have trouble convincing a judge to grant court supervision. I accepted his generous offer. I didn’t want my daughter to get off the hook completely, though. She had to pay a fine (out of her own money), but if she avoided tickets for a year, the transgression wouldn’t go on her record.
In Romans 8, Paul uses courtroom language: are we condemned? There’s evidence to convict us. We are guilty of sin. But we have a loving advocate, Jesus, who pleads our case.
When I can’t figure out how to pray, when I’m at a loss for words, it is comforting to know that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, pleading for me. Interceding for me. Why? Because He loves me. And the Bible promises that nothing can separate me from that love.
FAITH STEP: Do the challenges of your life make you doubt that Jesus loves you? Spend some time thanking Jesus for being your advocate, for pleading your case. Thank Him that you can have victory, not on your own merits but because of His love for you.
Contributed by Keri Wyatt Kent
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