Theme of the Week: Salvation
Bible Verse: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:1-11
I’ll never forget the guilt. I had a dream that I’d killed someone, and it was one of those dreams that seemed so real that I didn’t know what to do. What a relief to wake up and realize that it had only been a dream.
I know what it’s like to carry guilt, not just in my dreams but in real life. I feel so badly about the many sins and mistakes I’ve committed. I wish I could take them back, and I feel their guilt. Maybe you do too.
That’s why I’m so glad for God’s gift of forgiveness. When we trust Jesus, the guilt of every sin we committed is placed on Jesus. He gets our sin, and we get his righteousness instead.
One of the best parts: the guilt of all our sins — past, present, and future — is removed from us. We’re completely forgiven. No more condemnation. No more shame.
Martin Luther, who died in 1546, sometimes struggled with feeling guilty for his sins. When he felt overwhelmed, he said, “Devil, don’t you know the power of my Lord Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection? … This is all so very true that the devil cannot deny it.”1
Whenever you feel guilty, remember that you are completely forgiven. Remind the devil of what Jesus has done for you.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that because of Jesus I am completely forgiven. Amen.
Reflection: Why do you think we struggle with feelings of guilt even after Christ has forgiven us?
1 The Prince of Darkness Grim: Luther’s Battle against the Devil. Christian Library. https://www.christianstudylibrary.org/article/prince-darkness-grim-luther’s-battle-against-devil
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