“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
I was listening to a powerful webcast by Dr. Lori Salierno and I want to pass some thoughts on to you concerning the feelings of guilt and condemnation we are all tempted with. She encouraged three simple thoughts for those who are in Christ.
1 – “Unhealthy guilt is a difficult emotion, an internal condemnation that does not come from the Lord.”
2 – “No one can make you feel guilty without your permission.”
3 – “You don’t have to let guilt be your emotion.”
Regardless of your past sins, recent or from long ago… you are free! If you have confessed these sins and placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation, and are now striving to walk by His Spirit in His Word… you are free! Are you perfect? No. Do we all fall short from time to time? Yes. Do we need others in our lives to encourage us and hold us accountable for modeling Christ-likeness? Absolutely. Do feelings of guilt prove we are sorry and help us live in victory? Absolutely not!
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:31-34
Live guilt-free today. As you fast and pray, consider putting Romans 8:1 to memory. Then, when you are tempted to feel condemned and the enemy whispers lies about who you are and WHOSE you are… be reminded that you are in Christ Jesus. Focus on Him and the freedom He has given you by His work on the cross and His resurrection power!