“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 7:1-2
Believers feel a lot of self-condemnation when they sin. They look at themselves as worthless, horrible sinners that can never get things right. The longer a person is a believer, the more this belief can set in.
Will believers sin? Yes, because they are sinful humans that Jesus is saving and changing.
Yet, when you are in Christ Jesus, you are not being condemned for the sin. Being in Christ Jesus means that you are striving to be like Him. You are willing to accept what He has done and is doing for you. You love and obey Him as much as is within your knowledge and abilities.
Very often, believers are only half-heartedly following Jesus. They follow Him on Sundays and forget about Him the rest of the week. They will then feel the hard conviction of the Holy Spirit in their lives for the sinful life they are living.
This is not condemnation, but conviction. It is God trying to get you back onto the right path. The devil will use it to condemn you. He will try to tell you that Jesus did not really forgive you and will not forgive you anymore because of your sin.
Jesus has given you the Holy Spirit to set you free from that condemnation and the bondage of sin and death.
Keep your heart open to the leading of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will guide you into His truth and right ways.
Are you willing to follow the Holy Spirit? Are you willing to obey Jesus?
As you follow the Holy Spirit and obey Jesus, you will not be condemned. There is no longer any judgment against you that will stand up before God. You have been set free.
Live the free life Jesus has given you. Live to follow and obey Jesus. Live to be more like Jesus. Trust His forgiveness and power to keep you.
I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will know that Jesus does not condemn you; that you will reject the condemnation of the devil; and that you will obey the convictions of the Holy Spirit.