Being Freed From Guilt, Condemnation, And Sin

washing-jesus-feet2“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1

This is a powerfully freeing verse. That we would be free from the condemnation that we so rightly deserve for past mistakes declares and demonstrates the depths of God’s goodness, grace, and mercy. Yet being the just God that He is, it is not without condition. Note the latter half of the passage which states exactly “who” is free from condemnation. Those who are in Christ and who do not walk after the flesh, but rather after the spirit. In other words, those who do not obey the lust or desires of their flesh but rather the leading of the Holy Spirit and the will of God.

Scripture is clear that you can not serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). You can not continue to follow your flesh and the Holy Spirit at the same time, it will be one or the other. You have to make a choice. Either you will follow the flesh to distraction, pain, hopelessness, and damnation, or you will follow the spirit to Jesus, forgiveness, peace, hope, strength, and life eternal.

1 Timothy 3:6 tells us that pride, which leads to disobedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit will bring condemnation, and declares this to be the devil’s work and will for you. However, when we run to Jesus and humble ourselves before Him, ask His forgiveness, seek His help though we are unworthy, and submit to His wisdom, love, and authority, no matter how bad our position, our past, or our pain, He will heal, deliver, and set us free.

No other story demonstrated this better the that of the adulterous woman. Caught in the act and facing sure damnation from the crowd ready to stone her, she ran with all she had and fell crying and broken at Jesus’ feet. There she found compassion, forgiveness, mercy, grace, freedom, and a new life of purpose, free from the bondage and condemnation of her old one. She chose that day to stop following the desires and works of the flesh and follow the leading and works of the Holy Spirit instead and became one of Jesus’ closest followers. She left a life of worthless shame, bondage, and condemnation for one of freedom, power, and glory doing great things for the kingdom of God.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” -John 8:7-11

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1

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