I don’t know about you all, but I feel that I need to be reminded daily that I am no longer condemned but I am seen as beautiful and holy through Jesus Christ. We often times forget the part of the Gospel that tells us that we are washed white and made new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation”. What joy comes with that phrase. We are no longer bound to the world and our sinful ways, we become a new creation when we know and have a relationship with Jesus.
Even if we do know this truth about Jesus making us new in him, we still tend to hold on to our sins from the past and continue to feel guilt and shame. But that is not want Jesus wants for his children. Colossians 1:22 states that “he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death in order to present you as holy and blameless and above reproach before him”. I struggle with viewing myself as less than or not good enough to be a “good enough Christian” but that is just a straight lie and straight anti-gospel thinking. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift” (Romans 3:23), we didn’t do anything to deserve his free gift of salvation and we certainly can’t reach salvation by our own efforts. If we can’t earn it, we can’t lose it.
A song that I am really loving right now is, I’m sure the majority of the Christian population has heard it by now, Reckless Love by Cory Asbury. The song says “I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it. Still, you give yourself away”. It is mind-blowing to think that we, as Christ-followers, were entrusted with this free gift of salvation and have the privilege to share that with people. So, if you need a reminder of what the Lord does for you, day in and day out, give that song a listen.
I visited Passion City Church this weekend and the pastor that spoke told us a hypothetical situation of Jesus coming into the room and what he would say. He explained that some of the people in the congregation might put their heads down or turn away from Jesus because they are so filled with shame about their sin and fearful of how Jesus would react to them. But that is not the nature of our God. Jesus wouldn’t look at you and condemn you and say he is embarrassed by you. On the contrary, he would lift up your head and say “son/daughter, I love you” and “I am with you always, you are never alone” and “I am proud to have you as my child”. Just thinking about Jesus standing in front of me and showering me with his love that I am undeserving of brings tears to my eyes and hope to my heart.
Don’t let the enemy make you feel condemned. Jesus sees you struggling with past sins but he’s saying, “why are you still thinking about that, I forgot about that long ago”. “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
“There is, therefore, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
Lord, I pray we will feel liberated by the remembrance of Your free gift and unending mercy. Give us boldness to walk through life with the confidence that You are our salvation and there is nothing that can separate us from You. Thank you for reminding me of these truths this weekend, I pray they can help all who read this post.