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
No condemnation. Think about that for a minute. It reminds me of what Jesus said to the woman that was caught in the act. John 8:10-11 says When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” It didn’t matter to Jesus what she had done, He was not there to condemn her only to rescue her. She didn’t even come to Him willingly, she was dragged there by a mob. Jesus made sure she knew that He was not condemning her for her sin. He also told Nicodemus in John 3:17 that “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world would be saved through Him.”
The passage here in Romans 8 has some qualifications for no condemnation. They are:
1. You must be in Christ Jesus (born again, child of God)
2. Do not walk according to the flesh (rather walk by faith)
3. Walk in agreement with the Spirit of God (obedient to the Word and direction of God)
Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, but the world was already condemned by its sin. Jesus came to rescue us from that condemnation. The very next verse here in Romans 8 says that the law of the Sprit of life in Christ Jesus makes us free from the law of sin and death. (condemnation) Glory to God!
The problem is that because we are still in this world and around sin, so we often feel the weight of condemnation. So what is the secret? The solution is in your relationship with Him. When you press into your Heavenly Father through your salvation in Jesus, He not only cleanses you from all unrighteousness, but He also leads you by His Spirit within you. As you follow closely, you then have the confidence in your connection with your Father. 1 John 3:20 & 21 tells us that if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things. If it doesn’t condemn us then we have confidence toward Him. The more time you spend focused on God and His plans, the less your heart will condemn you. The more time you spend focused on yourself and your issues, the more you feel condemned.
Today I want to encourage you to take time to talk to your Father in Heaven. Press into Him on a new level and ask Him to lead you out of any condemning feelings you may be having. If you are feeling bad about yourself, ask Him for a renewed view of how precious you are to Him. Get a fresh revelation that there is absolutely no condemnation to those who are God’s children who are led by His Spirit not by your senses.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 8:1-8