Scripture for today: Rom. 8:1
In the Prison Fellowship newsletter, Jubilee, the late Chuck Colson told about a young boy who became extremely fearful during the great New York blackout of 1977. Questioned by his concerned parents, he confessed that at the exact time the lights went out, he had kicked a power line pole. As darkness blanketed the city, he thought he was to blame and would be punished.
As crazy as that sounds, countless souls live under the same cloud of guilt, blaming themselves for something they didn’t do, or a situation in which they had no control. Unlike the conviction of David described in previous devotions, “good guilt” that resulted in forgiveness and restoration, this condemnation or “bad guilt,” serves only to hold you back and keep you from the good work God wants to do in your life.
If you’ve trusted in Christ as your Savior and your confession of sin is up to date, there’s absolutely no reason you should have to deal with such false accusation. As Paul writes, “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).
Todd Gaddis serves as senior pastor at First Baptist Dallas in Paulding County and blogs at toddgaddis.com. This devotion is based from Gaddis’ book “Manage Your Emotions.”