“There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of
the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and
~Romans 8: 1, 2 King James Version
I have received eight emails in the last four weeks from people who are feeling guilty because of their past. I submit to you on the authority of the Word of God that if you have confessed your sins and asked Him to forgive you, then you are forgiven and you are no longer under condemnation. The atoning, cleansing and saving blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross of Calvary covers every sin. We have a loving, compassionate and merciful Saviour! He Loves us so much that He died for us.
For many years I also condemned myself and felt guilty even after I had confessed my sins and been forgiven. I finally understood that by constantly feeling guilty, I was saying that the blood of Jesus wasn’t enough to cover all sins. It doesn’t matter what we have done in the past, the precious blood of Jesus has washed every sin and covered it and He will never hold it against us again.
This does not give us permission to keep sinning just because we know that He is faithful to forgive us. If we sin on purpose after Jesus has forgiven us, then we will be judged and held accountable by a Holy God. Also, if we sin deliberately after He has forgiven us, then we are breaking the heart of our precious Saviour. If you have confessed your sins and stopped doing the things that were sinful, you are forgiven and they are under the blood of the Lamb. You can walk in freedom and victory through His atoning blood and with His help. Take His hand and He will be faithful to keep you from the snares of satan and the world.
April 3, 2007
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.