Inspiration

There Is No Condemnation If You Belong to Jesus

"There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1, NLT)

The Bible says you won't be perfect after you become a Christian. If someone tells you that, they're not telling the truth. You're going to mess up. You're going to fail at times. And most likely you (or others) will beat yourself up for your failures.

But, if you're a follower of Jesus, you can be sure of this: The Lord never condemns you.

Way too many believers live in fear, bitterness, and insecurity. Although they're saved, you'd never know it by how they live. They're too stressed out with fear that God will condemn them for what they've done wrong. Instead of dealing with their own guilt, they pile it on to others.

Yet the Bible says there's no need: "There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1 NLT).

In other words, God doesn't judge you for all the things you've done wrong if you've trusted Christ. Jesus took all that judgment upon himself on the cross. God doesn't have to judge you because Jesus was judged. He took the rap for your sins!

That's amazing news. That is good news ­- the Good News! There's no reason for a Christian to walk around in shame. There's no reason to be bitter or to live in shame. Before you were ever born, he knew every sin you'd ever commit - and he paid for them.

I don't care what you've done in your past. I don't care who you've hurt. I don't care what other people tell you. If you've given your life to Christ, you're forgiven.

Talk It Over

  • Is there a mistake from your past for which you're having trouble forgiving yourself? What can you do about it now?
  • Why do you think we find it so difficult to accept Jesus' forgiveness for the sins we've committed?

 

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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional © 2013 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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