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Jun 04

There is now no condemnation

ROMANS 8:1-5                                                                            no-condemnation

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be full met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Sprit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you that through Your sacrifice I am set free, no longer condemned by my sinful nature.  God’s holiness requires sacrifice for sin; in Old Testament times there were so many laws of what to sacrifice for which sin.  However, You sent your Son to be the final sacrificial Lamb for the sins of all mankind.  Through Jesus’ human death and spiritual resurrection, we are empowered by Your Spirit to live righteous lives.  Though our sinful nature’s desires derails us at times, living according to Your Holy Spirit brings us back to You, our contrite hearts the only sin offering required.  I serve You not out of fear based on a list of do’s and don’ts which condemn me, rather I serve You out of love and thanksgiving for Your mercy and grace.  My mind is set upon living for You.

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