Would you be free from the condemnation of the sins that are past from the power of the temptations that are about to come? Then take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, the grave and the judgement come. The victory is Christ’s and yours through Him.– D.L. Moody.
What a great relief it is to know that you are not condemned by your transgressions. Before I was saved, sins did not bother me because I did not know that I was a sinner. Then, I came to know the Ten Commandments. It was like I had a cold shower, scared to know what it is like to live in hell. Thankfully we are not condemned in Jesus Christ.
Today’s devotional reading is from the Gospel according to John 8:10-11. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Revelation 14:13: Your Actions Will Follow You Until The End
We are all condemned
We are all condemned, like the woman who was caught committing adultery. And there will be people around us who will judge us because of our wrongdoings. Moreover, some may correct us in a loving way but the majority will look into our faults as our main character.
In the previous verses, Jesus asked the people He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (John 8:7). This verse teaches us not to harshly condemned others for we are all in the same boat. Further, we should correct and remind each other as we are lead by the Holy Spirit. And bringing them to Christ and not scaring and hurting them away.
How to avoid condemnation?
You can justify, rationalize and trick yourself into thinking that you are not condemned. But, I will be brave to say that you and I are condemned by our sins because I love you. However, we should not be afraid, for Jesus Christ has paid the price for our transgressions. Furthermore, He has received the wrath of God on the cross at Calvary.
Now, how can we avoid condemnation? We must repent from our sins, brothers and sisters. Let us turn from our wicked ways and seek after God. Furthermore, let us place our faith in Jesus Christ and He will save us. Additionally, share His Gospel to others and may we encourage others as we walk in the Spirit.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
- Have you compared your deeds to the Ten Commandments?
- How well did you do?
- Are you justifying your actions?
- Are you relieved to know you are not condemned in Jesus Christ? Accept Jesus Now.
- How do you share your relief with others?
- Are you condemning others for their actions?
- Are we Sinning?
- The way we come to know Jesus
- My God has become My Strength
- How To Worship And What Is Idolatry? Find Out
- God’s Forgiveness When One Repents
Father, We tend to set the bar so high for ourselves and fall into feelings of failure when we don’t meet our unrealistic expectations. We do this to ourselves, and others. The world puts so much pressure on us, and it truly is painful in a multitude of ways. We confess we compare ourselves to others and hold ourselves to standards that are unrealistic and unnecessary. The truth is, we fail daily to meet your standard, but by your grace, through faith, we are saved from our sins. Free us from condemnation, for there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Guide our efforts to align with Your will, Lord. Let all we do, all of our strivings, be to bring glory and honour to Your great name, not to achieve a worldly standard or comparative status. Teach us how to live fully in the freedom of our faith. Fill our hearts with patience, Father. Search our hearts, and renew a right spirit in them. Let us see, through Your eyes, who we are – your children. Give us Your perspective and open our ears to hear the godly voices of wisdom and encouragement you have purposefully placed in our lives. Remove our worry, and replace it with reminders of the peace we have in our Savior, Christ Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.