Some of the best jokes I’ve heard were inside jokes. When I say “inside jokes,” I mean it in the most literal sense. Some of the best jokes I’ve heard were the ones I told myself. And if you’re familiar with any witty person, you’ll know that the line between jokes and hurtful comments can be a bit blurry at times. Consequently, some of the worst dressing-downs I’ve received, after a mistake, were “inside” dressing downs.
Negative self-talk can be a difficult thing to deal with. That voice on the inside often proves to be louder than the cacophony outside. If you have a lot of baggage from your past, or your journey is one that has been riddled with a lot of mistakes, or you’ve sinned a lot (“major” sins at that), it’s like there’s that thing that keeps on flashing those images before you. That voice that keeps on saying “you’re going to mess up soon.”
Here’s what God’s voice is saying:
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.(Romans 8:1, NLT)
Why is this so?
For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.(Romans 8:2, NET)
The reality of the believer, is that the believer has been freed from the law, the power behind the nature of sin. If you make a mistake or find yourself overtaken by a fault, it’s not God’s will that you remain wallowing in remorse and self-pity. You must set your heart again on God’s reality of you, pick up yourself, and by the help of the Holy Spirit, walk in it.
When Jesus died for our sins, He threw out the gavel and anvil of condemnation. You have no business going to seek those emblems of condemnation to condemn yourself over and again. There is no point in that.
God wants us to enjoy our relationship with Him. God would never condemn His own. He only speaks well of you, and wants you to enjoy life, and enjoy it abundantly.