Romans 8:1 states ‘Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’.
Condemnation means: blame, conviction, damnation, judgement, doom, sentence.
Some seriously scary words and we might well deserve them, if it wasn’t for Gods forgiveness for us when we truly repent. But we can still live our lives as if we haven’t been forgiven.
We can needlessly still feel guilt and shame, which can affect our physical, mental and spiritual health. This may manifest itself in self loathing, depression and low self esteem, eating disorders, even addictive behaviours. It’s as if we are trying to punish ourselves when Jesus has already taken our punishment.
So we continue to carry a great weight around with us, which will stop us enjoying our lives. A bag of self-condemnation that we were never meant to carry.
However, genuine guilt can also have a healthy function. It helps us to maintain good personal standards and prompts us to change wrong behaviours and attitudes.
False guilt is a poison, and by perpetually punishing ourselves, we can never be free to become who God created us to be.
When we repent, God no longer condemns us, so why are we condemning ourselves? Isn’t what Jesus did enough?
Consider what the word forgiven means: blameless, pardoned, acquitted, remitted, and absolved.
These are some seriously beautiful words.
How To Begin..
Ask Jesus to help you…He’s dying to.
Recognise compensatory behaviours, such as working for forgiveness, beating yourself up.
Acknowledge wrong behaviours’ and take full responsibility for them.
Make reparations where possible.
Self-forgiveness is a process but it starts with deciding to accept what Jesus has done for us.
Self-forgiveness will be emotionally challenging, and in the world’s economy we are pressured to pay for our sin. However in God’s economy, Jesus has paid the price. Accept this by faith.
God’s word heals. Choose to believe it and begin to live as a forgiven person and live a life worth dying for.
‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’ John 8:36