No Condemnation

I've written about this before, but we often beat ourselves up over things we do wrong.

Personally, I'm terrible about this. When I mess something up, I feel worse than I should, longer than I should. I've gotten a lot better than I used to be, but I still struggle with this a bit.

What I need to keep reminding myself of is this:

Christ paid the punishment for me, so I don't have to punish myself. When we punish ourselves for doing something wrong, we're telling God His sacrifice wasn't good enough.

Do you really believe that? Do you believe that His sacrifice wasn't good enough? Then stop acting like it.

In light of Christ's sacrifice, not only do we need to extend grace to others, but we need to extend it to ourselves as well.

On that note, these lyrics from Jimmy Needham's song, Forgiven and Loved, are fantastic:

 

O I tried and tried to rectify

my hopeless situation

But I bought the lie I still have work to do

Now I'm working nine to five like I can earn my own salvation

But there is no condemnation in You

Oh He died, He died, to rectify

my hopeless situation

And His blood commands my guilt to leave

Now on Calvary I stand

Empty pockets, open hands

Oh there is no condemnation for me

 

There is no condemnation in Christ. He has given us His righteousness. Live like it.

(You can listen to the full song here.)

Question to think about and discuss:

Why do you think we tend to beat ourselves up so much?

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