Have you ever felt condemned for something?
That overwhelming feeling of judgment and overbearing weight/heaviness that comes with our guilt and shame over certain acts of sin. I remember thinking about this word when hearing the news of a guy killing himself after being convicted over a large ponzi scheme. Or the interview of a drug addicted prostitute who has given her 4 children to her mom for custody after being arrested for the umpteenth time and feeling hopeless for the future. I think about my own senior year of high school when I ran so far away from the Lord after He shattered an idol in my life and my church started sharing the Gospel with me all over again as an unbeliever because of the lack of fruit and unrepentant sin in my life (as they rightly should’ve).
I’m again overwhelmed by the emotion and struggle of this word but in today’s Jumpstart devotion we are reminded that we have absolutely NO condemnation in Christ (v. 1). Jesus took that guilt, that shame and those eternal consequences of sin upon Himself on the Cross (v. 3). What a great reminder of His grace, freedom and hope. Because those who live in that sin will set their mind and lives on that sin. But those who receive the Spirit because of Christ, will set their mind on the things of the Spirit and we are again reminded that condemnation is not from the Spirit or God.
Conviction is good because it’s God’s kindness that leads to repentance. Condemnation is not from God and leaves us feeling forever hopeless and guilty. That can never ever be the case in Christ. Because as the apostle Paul says a little later in verses 15-17, we are adopted into a forever family and a good Heavenly Father does not condemn His children but instead gives them His inheritance. We don’t have to go back to that fear of condemnation like we lived before being a part of that family.
- Is there anything that Satan is deceiving you to believe that you are condemned for?
- Are you convicted for anything that you need to repent of?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor