Saturday, September 1, 2012

Do Not Condemn Yourself

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”

-Isaiah 43:18-19

                All too often, as Christians, we condemn ourselves the moment we realize we have sinned. In doing this, we deter ourselves from moving on, causing us to go against what God has planned. We often feel as though we aren’t a “good enough” Christian. We often dwell on the past too. We might think we have “moved on” but then two weeks or a month down the line, we remember what we once were. But, in Luke 17:1 we are told that “things that cause people to sin are bound to come”. God knows that we will stumble and fall. He doesn’t want us to hold ourselves back from Him though. Jesus died so that we could connect with God, although we are sinners.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not
let yourselves be burdened again by yoke of slavery.”

-Galatians 5:1

                Psalm 103:13 declares that God has compassion for His children, just as a father has compassion on his children. When a child misbehaves, punishment is required. But, if a child apologizes and changes their actions, the father is quick to forgive them. Even when punishment comes though, it is still love. When a father disciplines his child, it’s because he wants what is best for the child. God forgive us of our sins when we ask for forgiveness and repent. He wipes our slate clean. Just as He does that for us, we should do for ourselves.

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.”

-Isaiah 43:25

“For I will forgive the wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

-Jeremiah 31:34

Here is a blog post that relates to this: Saved, Not Condemned

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