Condemning Ourselves to Punishment


If Romans 8:1 clearly tells us there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus then why do we judge ourselves so harshly? The loop in our minds that play back every bad episode from our past.  We are so quick to point out every weakness and failure, than focus on the strengths and victories.  Paul told us in Romans 8:6 the mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  When we are focused on the desires of the flesh we are not living in what God wants and therefore our lives are not peaceful.  But when we live in the Spirit, he helps us in our weakness.  When we don’t have the words to pray the Spirit takes over.

God sent his son to be a sin offering and this freed us from the bondage of sin.  Even though we as Christians know Jesus saved us (John 3:16) we will always struggle with the flesh.  We needlessly punish ourselves over past failures and live in guilt and shame.  We must forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13-14).  John tells us in Revelation 12:10 Satan is the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night.  The accuser uses our past failures to torment us.  When we allow this we become paralyzed and waste precious time because we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) 

When we go through these struggles we must hold on tightly to God’s promises in his word.  When we have confessed our sin and asked God for forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  If we continue to feel guilty for that sin weeks, months or years later it is all coming from Satan.  Once we discern this fact, we can then deal with self condemnation and replace our punishment with his grace and mercy. 

Jesus understands our humanity and the difficulties we face in this world.  He knows we are full of imperfections and brokenness.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to help us. (Romans 8:26-27So we ask ourselves, who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your son who saved us from the bondage of sin and our condemnation.  Please forgive us for the shame we have inflicted on ourselves even after you have forgiven us.  We are so grateful for your son who showed us how much you love us.  Give us the strength to do your will knowing we are your children and worthy of our mission.  Continue to guide our steps by your Spirit each and every day.  We ask this in Jesus Christ’s name.




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