Daily Devotionals

May 29, 2020

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. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.


Romans 8:1–4

Guilt is a heavy burden to carry around. It weighs us down and prevents us from doing what we should do and being who we should be. Guilt causes us to relive our past mistakes over and over. It forces us to keep our focus on our brokenness and to believe we will never be someone God could love.


But the power of guilt has been removed! At the cross of Christ, Jesus paid a price that we owed but could not pay. This passage says that the “law was powerless” in its ability to set us free. The commandments and prohibitions outlined in the law cannot make me clean because I cannot follow them perfectly. God, however, accomplished that by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay our debt for us and to bring new life inside of us.


The words of verse 1 are powerful and life-changing. They are truly good news for us: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” It’s almost too good to believe it could actually be true. I deserve condemnation. I owe a penalty. I should forever be separated from God. Instead, Jesus paid the penalty and broke the power that sin holds over me. Instead of condemnation, I am given grace. I am loved. I am valued. I am free.


Brothers and sisters, as you believe in Jesus, live today not as a guilty and condemned prisoner but rather as a free, cherished, loved child of the Most High God!

For Reflection

Does guilt hold power over you? Confess your sin and receive God’s forgiveness!

How would you live differently today if you were truly convinced that you are not condemned by God?

How might you show gratitude to God for the gift of freedom in Jesus Christ?


Thank you, God, for loving me. Thank You for sending Jesus to die for me. Thank You for breaking the power that sin and guilt hold over me. Thank You that I am no longer condemned. Help me live my life today in a way that brings honor to You. Amen.

Dr. Barry Gaeddert
Pastor for Spiritual Formation