Freedom Friday: Say No Condemnation

Friday, April 08, 2016

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

I can’t believe I did that… Why did I say THAT in front of THEM? Ugh… I’ll never get over this hurdle… I keep messing up… I'm not good enough

We’ve all experienced at some point, this negative talk within ourselves. Such talk keeps us in states of shame and guilt. Brene Brown defines shame and guilt like this:

Guilt – “I did something bad.” Shame – “I am bad.”

Where guilt can lead us to repentance, shame keeps us in condemnation. Condemnation means punishment, an unfavorable sentence, to damn or call into question. Why do we constantly punish, neglect, and reject ourselves when God selected and elected us from the beginning?

We read in Ephesians 1 that God chose us, loved us, adopted us, and predestined us before the foundation of the world. This confirms that He already considered us valuable according to the priceless cost of Jesus’ shed blood!

However, when sin entered the world it created a barrier – a boundary between God and us. 

Sin severed our relationship with God. Sin condemned us. Sin shamed us and shut us out.

BUT CHRIST DIED TO REMOVE THE BOUNDARY! (“But now in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were afar off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.) God created us for relationship. So instead of condemning us in our sins, He reconciled us back to Him, through Christ (Romans 5:8-10).

In Christ Jesus, you can proclaim healing instead of promoting hate. (James 5:16)
In Christ Jesus, you are a peacemaker instead of a peace-stealer. (Romans 12:18, John 10:10)
In Christ Jesus, you can experience freedom instead of expending faithlessness. (John 8:36, Hebrews 11)

What boundary do you need to cross today? Is it the pain of rejection, the fear or failure, the disillusionment of doubt? It’s time to stop punishing yourself for your problems. Stop being hung up on the things, Christ was hung up to redeem you from! You won't always get it right, but that doesn't mean you have to make your home there. You can say yes to Freedom this Friday, by saying NO to the boundary of condemnation right now!

Freedom is waiting today in the form of Jesus (Galatians 5:1). Choose Him.

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