It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion. Over the next 30 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”. Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.
Here is day three with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, have no condemnation.
I Have No Condemnation
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.“
Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)
What do you do when you feel the finger of condemnation pointed at you? How does condemnation make you feel when you can think of nothing you have done wrong? How about when you know you have been wrong? How quick are you to condemn others for actions that you find repulsive? How about for actions that you struggle with in your own life?
God says, and experience agrees, that every one of us have sinned. When we are caught in our sin it often produces shame because of the condemnation we know we deserve. In Christ, the penalty of sin has been paid so we are free from the condemnation that we deserve. As you pray, ask God to free you from all traces of condemnation that the enemy tries to put on you. Pray that you would live as one free from condemnation because of Jesus. Pray that the freedom from condemnation that you have in Christ would free you from having a condemning spirit toward others. Pray for humility in living as one not condemned.