"So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus." - Romans 8:1 NLT
Thoughts for Today
This week we've been addressing the issue of allowing our own guilt to set the tone for guiding and disciplining our children. The most basic part of overcoming this tendency is to fully receive Christ's forgiveness and make him Lord of our lives. Then we need to accept the fact that he does not condemn us.
After asking the Lord to search your heart, be proactive with guilt. Today's scripture assures us that "now there is no condemnation" for those who have received Christ as Lord and Savior. Notice the word now. That means at this moment in time. Remember the truth of this verse. Jesus has set you free—let go of the past and move on, focusing on being the person—and the parent—God wants you to be now.
Consider this …
There may be times when you experience a guilty feeling for no understandable reason. It may seem as if guilt is floating in the air surrounding you. That kind of guilt is not of God—refuse to listen to that voice. Stand on the promise of Romans 8:1 and practice speaking that truth to yourself.
Father, I thank you that Jesus paid the price for my sin and that I am forgiven. Help me to put the past behind and walk in the freedom of that forgiveness. Help me to be the kind of person—and the kind of parent—you want me to be. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Close—But Not Too Close by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee. A complement to the Concerned Persons small group study, this booklet is written primarily for those who want to help someone close to them who is enslaved by the stronghold of a life-controlling issue. It is also designed to help someone who is suffering the consequences of a loved one's problem.
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