Thursday 16 June 2022 – Transformed week 5

Romans 8:1 (NIV)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

Romans chapter 8 is my number 1 favourite chapter of the Bible. I don’t know if bible chapters are meant to be like children (in that you aren’t allowed to have a favourite), but for me, Romans 8 just makes my faith soar.

This opening verse clears the way for the rest of the chapter. There is NO CONDEMNATION in Christ Jesus.

If I’m in Christ, nothing can condemn me? Yes! 

Guilty? Yes, but not condemned.

Wow.

Since this week is about transforming my emotional health, I’m led to reflect on the difference between condemnation and conviction, when it comes to spiritual terminology. 

Sometimes my internal conviction to stop sinning can feel just like condemnation, but the difference is that conviction leads to healthy transformation towards God and condemnation leads me to be crushed by the weight of my sin, bearing the full punishment for it. 

Conviction is about discipline and healing; condemnation is about punishment and destruction. 

Lord, thank You that You paid the price for the sin in my life so that I don’t have to face the condemnation that I deserve. 

Written by Ps Justin Ware

4 replies
  1. robwise says:

    ..conviction -vs- condemnation??!
    thanks for the eye-opener!!
    thinks i’ve misinterpreted my ‘inner critic’ as condemnation rather than conviction and the challenge to change…

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  2. Claire Moore says:

    Thanks for your thoughts Justin.
    Lots to ponder there. One thought arises- conviction leads to confession which leads to forgiveness and transformation!

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  3. Andrew says:

    Justin
    Thanks very insight. I need to listen to and act on that small inner voice of conviction rather than get weighed down by condemnation and self punishment.

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