I used to suffer a lot from guilt and self condemnation for my past sins. If anything happened to me I would tell myself that I probably deserved it because of what I had done in my past. Guilt and condemnation separates us from the love of God as we feel unworthy to come before him. Each time I felt condemned I couldn’t pray or fast and sometimes I would get sick in my spirit and this would affect every area of my life.
Now I want to tell someone today that this kind of thinking is straight from the pit of hell. God convicts us but he will never condemn us. He sent his only son to die for our sins as is said in Roman’s 8:1 (KJV)
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
This means that the blood of Jesus has washed away all our sins.
I was having a candid conversation with Sibo on our flight back from Hong Kong, and I asked her what happens when you fall into sin and you struggle to get out of it. She said something very profound to me, as born again Christians we will be tested and might fall into sin, but God already knew that, which is why he sent his son to die for our sins, so we are forgiven. When we chose Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we chose to live righteous and holy lives. When we are tempted and we fall, we can rely on God’s grace and not our own strength to rise up again as
1 Corinthians 10:13 says:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
You might probably think that you are struggling alone with temptation. I just want to tell you that you are not alone. Jesus himself was tempted in the wilderness but he relied on God’s grace to overcome this temptation. Therefore as Christians we are not exempt from temptation we will be tempted but God’s grace is sufficient to help us overcome it.
The greatest gift that God gave us is that of free will. That means when we choose to deliberately continue sinning we have chosen to go against Christ. One thing we need to understand is that even though God forgives us, choosing to continue living in sin, also comes with consequences.
The best thing we can do is to submit our free will to God by living a life that pleases him. When we fall, which we will, he will be right there to help us get right back up again.
Never feel condemned, because that is not from God. Always renew your mind by reading scripture. As Roman’s 2:2(NIV) says:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
God loves you and your sins are forgiven by Jesus’ finished work at the cross.