There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do.Romans 8:1-2
When I was in college I remember hearing a street preacher whose primary technique was on of condemnation. He condemned pretty much everything about life on a university campus. In broad terms, his descriptions were probably pretty accurate, but his accusations at specific people in the campus square were reckless to say the least.
I am reminded of Jesus’ treatment of the woman caught in the act of adultery in the eighth chapter of John (Read it here). After dismissing her accusers, “Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.(John 8:10-11).
The woman in the verses above recognized the consequences of her actions. She had been humiliated in public and threatened with death, but notice that Jesus did not either condone her actions or condemn her. His command was simple, “from now on sin no more.”
That is the message in Paul’s words above. We are not condemned to who we were before Christ. Nope, we are free in the Spirit thanks to the work of Christ so that God has done what we can’t do on our own.
Maybe you remember something in your past that still haunts you. Maybe you’re wrapped up in something now that is separating you from God. Either way, God’s intent is no to condemn you, but to set you free.