1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4
Take a picture of yourself. Go ahead.
Now look at it.
When you see yourself what do you hear?
What’s the voice in your heart?
Are you dominated by critique? A highlight real of your failures?
Do you hear a chorus of “Should have!” “Why not?” and “Shame!”
Or do you hear our Heavenly Father’s affirmation?
“You are not condemned.”
“I gave my Son for you.”
“Hey, those other voices are death to you; My Spirit is life to you.”
“You are free from this chorus of death.”
“You are free from this curse of sin.”
“I know your weaknesses better than you do.”
“I want you to know my strength for you better than you do.”
“You are loved. Live by my Spirit’s power and My Son’s good work at the Cross.”
The courage to silence the voice of condemnation comes as we cherish the Holy Spirit’s accentuation of Jesus’ grace towards us.