“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
One of the biggest blocks on my life’s journey following Jesus has been GUILT. Gooey, ugly, yucky, icky, uncomfortable, torturous, horrible, indescribable, debilitating, disheartening, discouraging, depressing, distracting, detrimental, despicable, paralyzing GUILT. In another word, self-condemnation! Ugh!
How so? When I fall into sin, I feel guilty. That should go without saying. When we sin against God, we should feel bad! Trouble is once the Spirit of God swiftly leads me to repentance, and God forgives and cleanses me, I have a bad and dangerous habit of holding onto the GUILT – and staying stuck and even paralyzed in it! Mired in self-condemnation! Awful!
This is NOT the Lord’s desire! This is NOT why Jesus Christ died on the cross and was raised from the dead to pay our sin penalty! This is not why God almighty created us! This is not why God forgives us through our repentance and faith in Christ! This is not why Jesus sets us free!
He created us to be in His intimate fellowship, to be under His glorious lordship, to grow in His awesome image, to fulfill His two greatest commands to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves, and to help build and support His Kingdom of forever followers! How can we do any of this when we are drowning in guilt and condemnation?
One day, in helping a friend who was struggling with the very same thing of self-condemnation AFTER she had repented, the Lord gave me a message I hope will help you as much as it helped me as the Spirit of God placed it on my heart.
Read the first scripture above. How much condemnation should those who follow the Spirit of God who believe in Christ as Lord hold onto? How much guilt should weigh us down when we receive God’s forgiveness?
The verse doesn’t say there is ALL condemnation. It doesn’t say LOTS of condemnation. It doesn’t even say SOME condemnation. It says NO condemnation! When we are truly sorry over our sin and turn away from it to God and His ways, we are FORGIVEN and CLEANSED per the second scripture above and should MOVE ON with NO guilt and condemnation!
We should move on loving and glorifying God and loving others as ourselves. With NO guilt. With NO condemnation. Free to live for Jesus! Free to love others! Guilt-free. For God’s glory! AMEN!