Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Have you ever made a commitment you haven't lived up to? Have you promised someone something that you didn't deliver? Have you fallen short?
It's a terrible feeling, and it can be made worse depending on the person you're dealing with. They can choose to remind you, over and over again, of your failures.
We fell short on our commitment to God. We promised we would live a certain way, but instead we chose selfishness and idolatry.
God, however, decided that he would forgive, rather than punish. God chose to create a new law, written on our minds and hearts, that would make it possible for us to find redemption and grace in him.
Though we fail, God never does. Thanks be to God!