So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
—Romans 8:1-2 (NLT)
Has His grace transformed your mind to the place where you realize that you are debt-free? If you have accepted Him into your heart, you have received His forgiveness. If you have repented and accepted His grace, you are forgiven. You can be honestly sorry without crippling feelings of guilt and self-condemnation. His power has freed you, and you can live in that freedom
Do you wear around a badge of guilt to prove you are forgiven? You do not have to show you are forgiven. Jesus knows what He has done for you. He died to set you free from condemnation. Don’t live in bondage to the sin for which you have repented and received His forgiveness. His grace paid the debt once and for all. You owe nothing because of His love. There is no greater love than His—that He would give His life for you. No other love sets you free from the law that was unable to save you.
“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature,” Paul writes. “So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit” (Romans 8:3-4, NLT).
God did what the law could never accomplish! He sent His own son to deal with life in the flesh just as we have to deal with our own flesh. Through His sacrifice for us on Calvary, Jesus declared that sin no longer has control. He fully satisfied the requirement of the law because we were unable to meet it. Where we once were weak, He gives strength by the power of His Spirit to follow Him. We have been made righteous only by His loving grace.
The grace of Jesus completed its work on Calvary. Sin and death were utterly defeated. The prerequisites of the law were completely fulfilled. You allow Him to complete the work in you so that you will understand what it means to be debt-free. If you are forgiven by Him, you are forgiven. There is joy in that truth! There is no guilt or condemnation you have to wear to prove it. If He sets you free, you are free. Stop wearing that badge. There is nothing to prove.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher