Verse: Romans 8:1-2
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
As believers in Christ, we can take great comfort in these verses. They remind us that because of Jesus, we are no longer condemned. We no longer have to live in fear or shame because of our sins, because Jesus has paid the ultimate price for them.
This doesn't mean that we should take sin lightly, or that we won't face consequences for our actions. But it does mean that we don't have to live in a constant state of guilt or shame. We don't have to carry the weight of our sin on our own, because Jesus has already taken it upon himself.
Through Jesus, we have been liberated from the law of sin and death. This means that we no longer have to live under the power of sin, but can live in the freedom that comes from being in Christ. We can live with hope and joy, knowing that we have been saved by grace and that we are secure in our relationship with God. Those shackles holding us back have been broken, and we have been set free.
Let me be clear though— this doesn’t mean that all temptation will go away. It does mean that we are forgiven for our past, and we have access to a variety of supports to overcome whatever we may be battling. For some this may be a daily battle, but whatever it is, it’s vital that you be ready to stand your ground daily. Prepare yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone and seeking accountability from fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Spend intentional time in the word, and prayer where you can focus solely on your spiritual disciplines. Ultimately you are the one who knows what causes challenging circumstances for you, and ultimately it is up to you to make necessary adjustments to overcome an addiction, gossiping, envy, or you can insert your challenging circumstance here.
But today, let us take comfort in these verses and remember that we are no longer condemned. Let us live in the freedom that comes from being in Christ, and let us give thanks for the incredible gift of salvation that we have been given. May we never forget the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and may we always strive to live for him.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending your son to pay the ultimate price to redeem us. Please help us to remember that monumental event when we face temptation. Lord I ask that if these verses bring something to mind, that we seek out the best way to overcome the situation. Help us to lean further into you Lord. Thank you for redeeming us. In your heavenly name I pray, Amen.