Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1– Romans 8:1 is one of the most hopeful verses for sinners like me. There are other verses, of course, that offer this same hope (e.g. Ps 103:12; 1 John 1:9; Col 2:13—and many more), but those words, "No condemnation," ring …
And who is adequate for these things? Certainly not me; of this, I am well aware.
Here's a little reality check: if you do not love or serve Him well now, in His sovereign placement of you in this time and in your culture, you would not love or serve Him well in any other time period or culture.
What saying in this post is that, while I understand the sentiment, it is carries with it a subtle serpentine hiss of, "You can do this," or "This hinges on you."
At a fundamental level, I fail as a father when I am kind or gentle with theological opponents, but not with my own children!