Health Discipleship is a Condemnation-Free Zone

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.       Romans 8:1-2 NIV

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m going to be talking a lot about sin here at Health Discipleship. My goal is not to cause anyone to feel badly about him- or herself, or to suggest that I am somehow holier than anyone else. I’m just trying to come to grips with the problem, and make no mistake – sin is the problem.

We know that Jesus has set us free. But should we use that freedom to stay stuck in place? No, we are free to be different, to be better. (See Romans 6) We need no longer be slaves to sin. Even though we will continue to sin (a lot) we are not condemned. There is no condemnation for those in Jesus – period. Therefore, we will have no condemnation at Health Discipleship.

Here’s the tricky part. I can write on sin and lifestyle illness with pure intent, out of a helpful and kind spirit, but you can still feel condemned. I can’t be held responsible for that. You, not I, are responsible for your feelings. If this applies to you, remember this – feelings are not facts! Please don’t listen to that false feeling and leave thinking you are being judged harshly. I sin as much as anyone else.

Now certainly, there are people who would like to condemn you. Self-righteous legalists distort God’s message and “condemn” those who don’t meet their standards. I’m not one of them, but, more importantly, they have no power over you. Focus on the facts; if you belong to Jesus no one can condemn you. If God is for you, who can be against you?

Understanding and managing your emotions is a big part of being well, and it’s something we’ll talk more about here at Health Discipleship. For now, just be aware that feelings can lie. Remind yourself of the facts, and ask Jesus to help you feel his grace and mercy. Eventually you will.

Comments

  1. Dexter Simanton says:

    Well said Peter

  2. Peter Weiss says:

    Thanks Dexter!