So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
It is one thing to forgive someone else, but it’s another to forgive ourself. How do we get rid of a guilty conscience? When we feel convicted, we repent, ask forgiveness and accept the forgiveness. At least that is how it is suppose to work. But for many, it doesn’t stop there. Instead, there is a nagging condemnation, an ugly worthlessness, a sense of hopelessness that we can never be loved, let alone forgiven. A shame that is so hard to overcome that our soul becomes numb. My friend let me assure you, God does not use shame. He does not condemn. Lift up your head; go ahead, lift up your head and look into the eyes of Jesus. You will see nothing but unconditional love for you. Hear these words of Paul today. Let them resound deep into your heart, breathe them in: “There is no condemnation for those that belong to Christ Jesus.” Know today that you are forgiven, you are loved. So forgive yourself, be healed, be free from any false guilt. Accept His unconditional love.
Father, today I quit trying to earn Your love. I let go of all the thoughts, all the negative self images, all the nagging doubts and condemnation that is stopping me from accepting Your unconditional love. Fill me with Your forgiveness. Overwhelm me with the joy from knowing that You are not ashamed of me and that I am precious in Your sight. In Jesus’ name.
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