“When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.”
– Colossians 2: 13-14
Additional Reading: “Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death…”
– Romans 8:1
We have all made bad choices, made questionable decisions, gone somewhere we had no business being, and even blatantly disobeyed God’s commands. Along with that, we have all faced the feeling of condemnation that often accompanies disobedience or wrongdoing. That feeling of condemnation is like a deadly virus that over time wears on us, making us less effective for the kingdom of God. We have to recognize that condemnation is a self-inflicted feeling and not actually something that we face. Romans 8:1 states that we are set free from the law of sin and death because we are led by the Spirit, and therefore face no condemnation. Sometimes it may be difficult to comprehend that by simply trusting God and being sensitive to His Spirit, we are set free and forgiven.
God’s unconditional love that grants us this forgiveness is a difficult concept to accept by most, because in our everyday lives there is always give and take, payment and receipt, choices and consequences. God’s love covers all, and in order to receive God’s love we must believe that He loves us. Colossians 2:13-14 tells us that through Christ’s ultimate act of love on the cross for us we are forgiven of our sins and given a clean slate to work with. Condemnation has no rule in our lives. We have freedom from sin and a new beginning through Christ’s love.
Stay Strong and Carry On,