No Longer Condemned
And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift, following many sins, leads to our being made right with God. Romans 5:16
God is so good! He has made a way in Christ for believers to live free from guilt, condemnation, and shame. As you grow in walking out in freedom, it’s helpful to be able to identify exactly what guilt, condemnation, and shame are.
Guilt is the voice that says, “I’m not forgiven”, while condemnation says, “My life is worthy of judgment”, and finally shame repeats, “It’s still who I am”.
Guilt, condemnation and shame are all anti-gospel tools from hell that the enemy uses to try and keep believers from living out the fullness of who they are now through Christ.
The Scripture gives us the truth of how to overcome these three tactics of the enemy…
When guilt says, “I’m not forgiven”, God's truth through Scripture says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7).
And again, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
When the fiery darts of condemnation attack saying, “My life is worthy of judgment” then you must remember, beloved, that God's truth through Scripture says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
And again, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:17-18)
When shame says, “It’s still who I am”, the truth of God says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
And again the Scriptures reveal God's redemptive power to bring transformation “…I will turn their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.” (Zephaniah 3:19)
We pray that God would continually open your eyes to see the finished work of Christ and that you would know that you are so loved by him. May the truth of what he’s done for you matter more than anything else.