No Fall Too Deep
by Stephanie Olson, Co-Founder Set Me Free Ministries
I was listening to a Christian radio show the other day when I heard a woman ask the radio host how she could be sure the Lord hadn’t completely turned His back on her. She explained that although she had become a Christian at a young age and was an “on fire” follower of Christ, she had fallen. And when she fell, according to her, she fell hard. She became involved in drugs and alcohol, moved in with a man, and stopped going to church and reading God’s Word. Sound familiar, anyone? And before I go on, no, this woman is not me.
Even as the radio host explained to her that her assurance of Christ’s unconditional love is right in the very Word she had stopped reading at one time, the woman wouldn’t stop explaining to the host that she had fallen and she had fallen big. He emphasized several times that if she had repented, or completely turned away, from her sinful lifestyle—regardless of what that is—and turned toward Christ, she was forgiven and was a new creature in Him.
I don’t know if she didn’t believe the host or if it was more comfortable to sit in her condemnation and feel bad about herself. But either way, there would be no victory for her until she accepted the forgiveness that God had already offered her. There would be no peace until she received the sacrifice Jesus made for her on the cross. That sacrifice was made for her and for us. The blood that Christ shed on that cross doesn’t just cover a portion of our sins. No, the blood that was shed on that cross covers all of our sins.
Many of us know the scripture John 3:16 that says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Notice it says that whoever believes in Him. Not some of us, not a few of us, but whoever.
But the next verse is extremely important too. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Jesus didn’t come to condemn us but to give us eternal life.
Look at what Paul tells us in Romans 8:1. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17 NKJ) You see, when we say no to our sinful lives and say yes to Jesus (whether that sin is gossip, pride, adultery, drugs, alcoholism, or even murder), we become brand new in Christ. I know, it seems shocking, that God will forgive anything if we repent. Jesus said in Mark 2:17, “When Jesus heard it, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
So, if I could sit down with this woman I would tell her, “Dear friend, my story sounds the same as yours, and aren’t we blessed that Jesus came to die on the cross for people like you and me. Be grateful that God can use your rancid past to stop Satan in his tracks and glorify Him.”
God wastes nothing! What Satan intended for harm, our loving God will use for good! Hallelujah!