“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
A great robber of joy are feelings of condemnation. When we’ve done something wrong, we feel terrible, especially when we have a holy God living within us. Then there are those who like to kick people when they’re down and make them feel worse, but not God. He convicts us of our wrong, but He doesn’t condemn us. Often, because of our refusal to be forgiven, we condemn ourselves. But who are we to say to God, “No, I can’t be forgiven. I’m too terrible of a person, and what Jesus did for me is not enough.”
Who are we to tell God that?
Before you were born, God knew every sin you would ever commit, yet He sent His Son Jesus to save you, wash you and make you the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. He knew how you would lie, yet He still called you. He knew about that weak area that seems to get you every time, yet He still loves you and chose you.
Instead of punishing yourself or trying to run from God, receive His love and forgiveness that’s provided through Jesus. Let the pride go and allow yourself the blessing of being totally forgiven and washed by the cleansing blood of Jesus. Let the deep sorrow over your wrong turn into great joy over His goodness toward you!
Prayer: Lord, I thank You. I’m so sorry for every wrong I’ve committed. I am trying, but I need Your help. Help me Lord to live right, to love right, to think right and do right. Help me to live in a way that pleases You. I receive Your forgiveness, Your love and Your joy that I have in You. Thank You Lord for forgiving me! I forgive myself and I ask You to help me move forward into Your divine purpose and plan for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read 1 john 1:9; Romans 4:7,8; Romans 5:1)
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