There Is No Condemnation for Your Mess-Ups
“There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 TEV).
God knows that failure is part of life. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He’s not surprised when we mess up. In fact, He sent Jesus to clean up our mess. He didn’t send Him to point an accusing finger.
That means no matter how bad you blow it in life, God will never condemn you. He is for you, not against you.
This is especially encouraging when you are trying to make changes in your life or get healthy or overcome a tough circumstance. Knowing that God is for you, not against you, will change the way you respond to the times you slip up. It should give you the confidence to keep moving forward in faith, because God is on your side. He wants you to have victory through Him over your hang-ups and mess-ups!
God does not expect you to be perfect in life. That’s why he sent his perfect Son — to cover the sin that you wouldn’t otherwise have been able to overcome.
You are not a failure to God. The only time you fail is when you refuse to get up and keep going.
Talk It Over
-- Knowing God does not expect you to be perfect, what might you have the confidence to pursue?
-- What failure do you have a hard time believing God would forgive? Pray, and ask God to help you trust in his forgiveness and his love for you.
-- What lessons have you learned from the failures in your life? How have they helped you grow spiritually?
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