Read: Romans 8:1-17

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (v. 1)

The devotionals of the past two days reminded us that through faith, we are saved. Saved from sin, guilt, and condemnation. The salvation we receive from God is eternal and it saves us from the condemnation we deserve because of our sin against God.

Our sin separates us from God. It hurts us and hurts others. It saddens a holy and loving God who wants us to follow him rather than our own selfish pursuits. God’s Word reveals the best way for us to live—the boundaries for experiencing an abundant life through Christ. Boundaries sound limiting, but not if they’re guardrails. God’s will is for our good! When we repent of our sin and tell God we are sorry for our disobedience and ask him to forgive us through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, we experience an end to our guilt and shame. No longer must we be preoccupied with sin and death, but by the Spirit our mindset becomes life and peace.

Through Jesus, God takes away our sin and condemnation (see Rom. 8:1, 31-34). When we sin against others, confessing that sin and seeking their forgiveness can also bring an end to guilt, shame, and broken relationships. We can probably think of certain people we feel should apologize to us. Can you think of someone who may be waiting for an apology from you? Confessing our sin sets us free! —Steve Petroelje

Prayer: Merciful God, I’m sorry for my sin. I praise you for putting an end to my condemnation. Amen.