In my previous posts I’ve written about self-righteousness and condemnation, and how they severely hinder our relationship with Jesus. What we also need to know about these two hindrances is that they can form a cycle in our lives, a cycle that can be difficult to break.
It goes like this: Self-righteousness puts us under the law. The law gives us knowledge of our sin, then that knowledge causes us to condemn ourselves and that condemnation leads to us distancing from our Heavenly Father due to the shame we feel.
If we let the mindset of condemnation take root in our lives we can eventually become prideful in our own shame. We think we have arrived at some great revelation in the discovery of our own unworthiness. We consider ourselves the second class citizens of God’s kingdom, the step-children of His family. We think that we are walking on thin ice with God, one step away from being cast out and getting “what we deserve.”
The next step is judging those who don’t do the same. We think to ourselves “Who do all these people think they are? Walking around like they aren’t one mistake away from God’s wrath and vengeance.” We think that everyone needs to have a low opinion of themselves the way we do.
This is not a revelation from the Holy Spirit. You cannot find this standard of living in the Word of God. This is a lie from the devil to keep us ashamed, separated and afraid of our Heavenly Father.
In and of ourselves we absolutely deserve God’s punishment, and the pain of a Christless eternity, but we are no longer in ourselves. Colossians 2:10 says “and in Him you have been made complete.” We are now in Christ, and Romans 8:1 tells us “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ.”
So, living our lives being afraid of God and judging others for not doing the same is not true Christianity. It is false religion created by the devil and perpetuated by bad doctrine.
John 3:17 says “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
Now we can see that we are no longer living in fear of getting “what we deserve” from God. If God were interested in giving us what we deserve, He never would’ve sent His son Jesus Christ to save us.
God’s judgment and wrath was spilled out on His only begotten Son when Jesus suffered and died on the Cross. He did it so we could be saved by grace.
And what is grace? A basic definition tells us that “it’s getting what we don’t deserve.”
We don’t deserve the righteousness we have in Christ, but we receive it by grace. So, let’s stop living under condemnation. Let’s stop putting ourselves back under the law. Let’s allow God, Who began a good work in us, to bring it to completion.