‘Spare them from going down to the pit;
I have found a ransom for them— (Job 33:24, NIV).
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:23-26).
Many of us have known someone, or it may even be ourselves, who has placed self-condemnation upon him or herself. Sometimes, others place this condemnation upon another. One thing that we must never forget is that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). I don’t think anyone can dispute this biblical truth. So if all have sinned and God’s grace has freed you from sin, then why do others condemn themselves or others?
The Apostle Paul called himself the “worst of sinners” (Romans 1:15). Moses murdered an Egyptian (Exodus 2:12). David had an affair with a married woman and then had her husband murdered (2 Samuel 11:12, 2 Samuel 11:17). All of these men are known for great sins in their life, yet God’s grace was still upon them.
If God forgave our sins on the cross, then there is no condemnation for those who’s faith is in Christ Jesus. Turn and ask God to forgive your sins and remember that if Paul, the self-proclaimed “worst of sinners” was justified through his faith in Christ, then you too are justified by your faith in Christ.
May God’s grace reassure you of your place in His kingdom. May God’s grace be sufficient to hold you firmly to this gift that you have received. May the Lord Jesus Christ and his atonement be your ladder to crawl out of the pit of self-condemnation today.
Be blessed in all you do!
Your brother in Christ,