No Condemnation

I’m working on a lengthier post that I may have up later today or tomorrow, but right now I feel like there’s something else I should be writing. Lately I’ve been struggling with a lot of things as I’m trying to put my life back together the way it needs to be, and one of the ways that I’ve come under attack is with spurts of crushing guilt and feelings of worthlessness. I get that little voice in my head that’s telling me that God isn’t going to waste his time on me, that I’m a failure, a hypocrite, a betrayer of Christ, so how could he really love me?

And then, this morning, Jon Acuff’s latest post popped up in my Google Reader.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, …”

If I’m being honest, sometimes I rewrite that verse in my head. I write it, “There is now some condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Or “There is now at least a little condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” But that’s not what it says.

There is no condemnation.

There is no condemnation.

There is no condemnation.

Will the Holy Spirit convict you? Certainly. Will God reveal areas of your heart He wants to shine His light into? Without a doubt. Will God condemn you? Will God press play on the failure film of your life? Will He make you mentally relive your worst moments over and over again? No. That’s not God, that’s an attack.

Go read the whole thing.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. How blessed we are to serve a God who so fully and completely loves us,  that he was willing to die just to give us the chance to be with him again. How can we ignore that? How can we respond to that in any other way than complete and total devotion?

If you’re under attack today, I hope that these words will help you to see that you’re not in this alone. God is always there, always forgiving, always the gracious and loving father – and where my words fail, his never will.

How great is our God!

2 thoughts on “No Condemnation”

  1. so beautiful. it’s been hard lately for me to feel like an adequate mother because we are struggling so much. reading this made me realize how idiotic that is. he has a handful of toys that he loves, his favorite being myself. he is happy all day every day. his joy and love should prove that to me, and even if i’m not perfect i don’t need to dwell on the negative. even if i have been surrounded by the world’s most critical people as of late. :)

  2. How great that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ!

    It’s almost funny. It seems that we as Christians beat ourselves up because we don’t meet the standard, and then we realize that beating ourselves up us in act of faithlessness, which results in beating ourselves up more! “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” What a God!

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