Forgiven and Free

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:1(ESV)
Imagine I asked you to write down all of the bad things you have ever done on a 3 x 5 index card.  Relax; you don’t really need to do that. If you’re like me, one card wouldn’t be enough anyway! But just pretend for a moment that you and I wrote down every single wrong…every single word…every single bad decision…ever bit of shame and guilt…every stupid mistake.

Now imagine a roaring fire pit in front of you. Jesus is there by the pit. He invites you to throw your card, yes that card filled with every ounce of shame and guilt you wrote on it, into the fire. You throw it in the fire and watch. It burns, eventually being consumed until the card is no more.

That’s the power of God’s forgiveness. God’s love for His creation is so powerful that through Christ, His love consumes your sin.  An ancient song writer once wrote these words:

“…as far as the east is from the west, so far does He (the Lord) remove our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
Because of Jesus, our sin, our wrong, our shame and guilt is removed. That emotional hole left by sin, shame and guilt is filled with God’s forgiveness:

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” Colossians 1:13-14

The Bible declares, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18

You may be carrying around something that makes you feel incredibly guilty, shameful or unworthy of God’s love. You may think that guilt is God’s reminder or punishment. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Jesus paid the price for you sin already. You don’t have to keep paying the price of shame and guilt. You can live life forgiven and free!

If you are in Christ, you are forgiven and you have been set free!
And that my friends, is truly emotional health.