No Condemnation

January 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Security and Assurance, Theology | Leave a comment

          Romans 8:1-5 Sometimes we Christians condemn ourselves for our sinful attitudes and actions, but the ability to recognize sin as sin comes from the Spirit of God.  Those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires, so they recognize what is in opposition to that.  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what the sinful nature desires, therefore they don’t recognize it as in opposition to God, only as what they want.  When we see sin in ourselves, God is at work revealing sin to us.  Fortunately, and this is the part that is often hard to learn, there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, so those sins we see do not condemn us, they should encourage us to live more in line with the Spirit who is revealing them to us.  Recognition of sin should encourage us to holiness not condemn us to guilt and shame!  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

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