“Dear friends, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have confidence before God.”
1 John 3:21
God in Our Ungodliness
The thoughts of past wrongs—mistakes made that we can’t undo, that we can’t take back. Words and actions that set us down a wrong path. We know the ungodly consequences of those decisions now, and they haunt us. Especially when its quiet. Especially when its dark. These all come to mind and to heart. We feel their weight, their condemnation. But the gospel tell us that when confidence is key, condemnation is lost.
So what do we do?
Eternally Made Free
For those of us who are in Christ, we believe. We believe Scripture, what it says in 1 John 3:21, echoed in “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). As hard as it is to fathom, Jesus died to take the guilt of those away, too. We are free where we once stood condemned.
When Christ went to the cross, He took all that condemnation on Himself so we could have eternal life, a quality of life free from the penalty of our sin.
We often struggle to live this truth. The consequences of these sins remain, damage done that persists. We mistake those temporal consequences with eternal blame. But that’s not the case. In Christ, we are guiltless before God. Sometimes, in His grace, the Lord will heal these wounds like they never happened. Often, though, our scars remain, like the ones on Christ’s body, but they are used in our witness.
Part of the freedom, the abundant life that Christ promised, is knowing these sins are forgiven. The scarred remnants of forgiven sin become part of our testimony to glorify God and edify the body of believers. What was destruction, what was death, has been raised to give life through Christ who saves us. Even your story.
Be humble and honest. The life you have led is to be used for His glory. Our worship in light of our circumstances and struggles is a powerful evangel, a strong witness to the grace of God manifested in our world. Our honest testimony and life of godly freedom encourages our fellow believers and attracts the lost. We must have the courage and faith to live what God tells us is true…because where confidence is key, condemnation is lost.