Is it okay to feel condemned?
Somewhere along the line, we do or do not do something we ought to, or we may think or say something that’s out of place. When this happens, it’s easy to feel condemned. We feel we deserve to be sentenced with some kind of punishment.
God, by his Spirit, allows us to recognize what is wrong and to call sin as it is. When things don’t go well, we don’t need to allow ourselves to feel beaten up. That’s condemnation.
Scripture says, “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). To be free from condemnation which leads to shame, we need to receive justification in Christ.
So, if God has something to offer against what we’ve done wrong, which is forgiveness and Jesus’ righteousness, why don’t we simply take it?
Do we let pride puff us up? We need to watch out for pride, one of the mother of sins. When we recognize that we are capable of doing what is right but we fail to do what is right at times choose to do wrong, we know we need someone far greater than ourselves to rescue us.
Jesus has already died on the cross. He has shed his precious blood for all our wrongs done in the past, present and future. He is now alive and when we trust in Christ we find forgiveness and spiritual restoration from all that’s gone wrong in our lives.
So, we ought to acknowledge sin, repent, and move on. In Christ, justification is available. We just need to receive it by faith. And when we walk by faith trusting in Christ’s power, we can live freely in obedience to God.
Prayer: Father God, I ask you to help me receive your righteousness in Christ Jesus by faith. Allow me to receive the freedom you offer. Thank you for this beautiful gift, Jesus.
Throughout The Day: Focus on the works of Christ. Once we receive God’s righteousness by faith, it makes us right in Christ. Think about how much value you have in the eyes of God!