1 John 2:1: “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

In God we find a judge who is not judgmental. He can discern the truth of a situation like no other because He sees the whole picture. In one of his letters John wrote (1 John 3:20):

“Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.”

We are our own worst enemy when it comes to judging ourselves or others. When our emotions run high we tend to blow everything out of proportion. And who is completely insulated from other people’s opinions? We have a hard time being impartial. Whether popularity or a bad reputation, it all affects our judgment. God on the other hand sees through these things and understands where we are coming from. King David knew that which is why he rather wanted to be judged by God than by people. Here is his story:

After a controversial nationwide census King David had ordered, God sent Prophet Gad to challenge him with three choices. David’s decision revealed that he relied on God’s better judgment (2 Samuel 24:13-14):

“So Gad came to David and asked him, ‘Will you choose seven years of famine across the land, or to flee for three months before your enemies, or to submit to three days of plague? Think this over and let me know what answer to give to God.’ ‘This is a hard decision,’ David replied, ‘but it is better to fall into the hand of the Lord (for his mercy is great) than into the hands of men.’”

If God is the perfect judge, then Jesus is the perfect attorney. In Jesus we have an advocate in heaven fighting for us. We have someone in heaven who acts as our attorney, who understands us like no other and pleads our case. Jesus has our back. He is for us. If we feel stuck in our limitations, Jesus has a way of setting us free by lifting our self-inflicted burdens off our shoulders. All our shame, the things we hide, actions we are not proud of, can become a thing of the past. He makes things new. In the last book of the Bible Jesus encourages us with these words (Revelation 21:5):

“And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new!’”

From a grammar standpoint, “I am making all things new” uses progressive tense which is appropriate because our renewal through Jesus Christ is progressive and ongoing. So let us not get discouraged when we are far from perfection. We are a work in progress until the day we die.

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