“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
If you’re like me, at some point you’ve felt condemnation for the things you’ve done. That feeling is worse than almost any human emotion, worse than many physical ailments. Condemnation is a killer of joy. But every single one of us has sinned. We’re all guilty before a perfect God and have no chance at perfection. We’re tainted from birth. That’s the truth. If it were the end of the truth, it would be a very sad existence that we lead. But, thankfully, there’s more to it.
Yes, we’re sinful. Yes, we’re unable to live up to a holy God’s standards and we’re headed toward death and destruction as a result. But there’s a Hero to this story. There’s a Redeemer who sets us free from the condemnation that’s owed to us. We have been forgiven if we’ve put our trust in Christ Jesus. There’s no reason to remain crushed under the condemnation our sin brought on.
But why do so many of us still live like we’re under that condemnation? Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies, piling on tons of guilt that isn’t ours to bear. Worse yet, some of us do so in the name of God, thinking it’s actually Him that’s given us this sentence to be carried out. But the Bible is clear, there is no more condemnation for us if we’re in Christ. We’re free from that bondage. If we’re living under self-imposed condemnation, it’s time to let it go and exchange it for the joy God wants us to have in Him. While condemnation is one of the worse feelings you can experience, the joy that comes from freedom in Christ is far better than any other human experience. There is nothing like living in the freedom that Jesus brings.
Who is to condemn us? If it’s not from God and He’s the all-powerful, eternal Creator and Ruler of all things, then who can possibly do this to us and be in the right? No one. Trust in the Lord and freedom is yours. Condemnation is a thing of the past. Live like it. Soak in that freedom. Revel in that joy. BE free!
Matt Cochran is the children’s ministry director at Christ Fellowship of Tampa, serving over KidCity and Awana. He has a seminary degree in discipleship ministries and formerly served in the United States Marine Corps. He has been married to Rose for over a decade and they have three children.
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