Condemnation is a common word. We feel condemned when we commit sin. But the Bible clearly gives us a message of freedom from condemnation.
In Romans 8:1 we read, â€œâ€¦there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesusâ€. This is a freedom giving verse in the Bible.
Why does it says, â€œâ€¦there is now no condemnationâ€? On the cross, Jesus dealt with our guilt and condemnation. We don’t need to carry it any more. As soon as we become Godâ€™s children, we are freed from guilt and condemnation.
Satan will try to put his condemning thoughts into our minds. He will bring thoughts like â€œyou have done wrongâ€, â€œyou cannot escape from this sinâ€, and â€œGod is against you because of this sin and thatâ€™s why you are going through this problemâ€.
But don’t listen to his lies! Once you ask God for forgiveness, you are completely cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7, 9). Don’t carry guilt in your mind. Don’t keep on asking God for forgiveness. When you repent, God forgives you and He will not keep your sins in His mind!
When you go through problems, condemning thoughts may arise as if these problems are a result of the past sins that you had committed. But it may not be the consequence of your sins. Remember that you are the righteousness of God through Christ!
Holy Spirit will always convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. So the Holy Spirit who resides in you will lead you to repent the moment you commit sin. Remember that the Holy Spirit will never condemn you.
Condemnation may take you to the place of loneliness where you feel that no one loves you and nobody wants you. Don’t give in to such thoughts.
God who loves you more than anyone else is with you even in your imperfections. The Bible notes in Romans 5 that Jesus loved all of us even while we were sinners! God loves everyone through Jesus. He is with you to help you conquer your imperfections. So relax. Cheer up. Repent whenever you err. And stand up with boldness!
– – – written by Ancy Joe