She was guilty beyond any doubt, caught and without hope. Yet in John 8:10-11, Jesus had a conversation with her. He asked, “Has no one condemned you?” She responded, “No one, sir.” Jesus replied, “Then neither do I condemn you.” Did that woman condemn herself? Did she release the guilt and shame? Did she walk away free?

I wonder how many people are like me, refusing to accept release for things that happened 5, 10, 20, 50 years ago. A memory brings a rush of anger or hurt. I ask God to forgive, to take away my anger and heal my hurt. I remember something I did or said. I ask God for forgiveness. In both cases, I berate myself again and again. I’m continually miserable about me. Surely this isn’t what God intended.

When Jesus says we are not condemned, we aren’t supposed to keep condemning ourselves. We need to forgive ourselves, too. I’ve taken to reciting, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” whenever I realize I’m clobbering myself with the forgiven past. The result is sweet freedom. Jesus promised us relief from Satan’s blame game. We just have to believe Jesus, trust him, and use the weapons he’s provided. Ephesians 6:17 says scripture is our sword. We can’t use the sword if we haven’t got a supply of memory verses. Romans 8:1 is a great place to start.

Have a blessed day claiming your freedom in Christ Jesus.

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