Day 16

Romans 8:1 (NIV) “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”

In the original Greek the word “no” is the strongest possible negative.  It is as if God was saying “No, no, no – not in a thousand years, not in a million years, not in your lifetime will you be condemned” if you remain in Christ Jesus.

This is important to remember.  One of the biggest reasons people lose their joy is guilt.  Guilt and shame have the power to steal your joy.  Now lets face it, we all mess up from time to time.  There are times when guilt is a legitimate expression resulting from the wrong we’ve done.  How does God want us to handle our guilt?  To come to him in prayer saying, “I’m sorry.  Please forgive me.”  And then he’ll wipe away your sin and restore the joy of your salvation.  Guess what?  That is why Jesus died on the cross.  So that you and I will experience joy in our lives.

-Ben Forshee

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