Today's Devotional Thought
May 10, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Recently, the Lord has brought a verse to life for me. I just love it when he does that! And, I know when he does it that he is working on something in me, something he needs refined to prepare me for what it is he wants me to do.
The verse that has just taken up residence in my mind lately is this one:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
It sits in the context of the following passage:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:1-8).
This passage is a beautiful passage about God's salvation. The very first verse asserts how Christ saved us from eternal damnation, something that the Lord says we simply could not do on our own by following the law. So, through the most beautiful display of grace, he set us free from the power and guilt of sin and death through the death of his Son.
He did it.
Because we could not.
And he did it with the full understanding that we could not.
And he did it with the full understanding that our sins deserve condemnation.
Notice that he doesn't say that we didn't deserve condemnation. He says that there is no condemnation.
Friends, when you sin, do you condemn yourself? Do you spend time wallowing in the guilt of your sin and almost remain paralyzed, as if you will never recover from it? Does your self-condemnation keep you from all that God has for you?
Let me tell you that if you do that, your reaction to your sin runs contrary to God's Word. There is no condemnation from the Lord. There are consequences of sin, but you are not eternally condemned. You can be redeemed.
When you sin today, do not sit in condemnation of yourself. Repent of it. Pray for strength to not do it again. And then, receive the forgiveness and grace of God and move forward.
Stop self-condemning. Move forward.