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Today’s Devotional: “No More Condemnation”
Let me start by saying, “Don’t let your past define your future.”
The Bible tells us this. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
God doesn’t condemn us for what we’ve done in the past. Yes, we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), and have done some pretty rotten and terrible things, but God doesn’t condemn us, rather He wants (please catch this) He wants to redeem us.
Jesus said, “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them … I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.” (Luke 9:56; John 12:47b)
When we come to Jesus, we’re no longer under condemnation for our past; because we’ve given a brand-new future.
The Apostle Paul said in his second letter to the Corinthian Church, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Given our past, however, we condemn ourselves, but God doesn’t. Look at what the Apostle John said, “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.” (1 John 3:20)
God doesn’t condemn us because He sees someone brand-new. He sees who we are in Jesus Christ, that is, He sees a son or daughter of His.
So instead of looking at our past mistakes and feeling guilty, let’s start looking to the future God has for us, and abundant life right now, and a bright and glorious future in heaven and feel elated, because God has destined and designed each of us from the beginning with a purpose and to be great in His kingdom.
It’s as we say in our maxim, “We are mighty men or women of valor, because we are greater in the eyes of God than we are in our own eyes. And while our hearts may condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and He knows what truly lies within.”
Today, let’s start living in God’s wondrous, marvelous, and amazing Grace, and the great future He has in store for us.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study