I am thankful that when God exposes sin in my heart,a sinful attitude, or sinful way of thinking that He does so, not to condemn me, but to free me. God never brings us face to face with the ugliness of our hearts in order to make us feel bad, to feel shame or to be guilt ridden.
Yes, Adam's one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness makes all people right in God's sight and gives them life. Ro 5:18
No my dear sisters, it's not for condemnation that God reveals what's in the heart, but it's for freedom! God wants us to live in freedom from the bondage of sin and shame. We do not need to be slaves to sin, past or present. Christ came so that we might be free. If you are His, you ARE free!
We often don't live as a free people because we allow the enemy to wrap the chains of guilt, shame and sin around us. Then we are once again in bondage. So God places people, circumstances, and His Word in our life to expose those idols, sin, and bondage that have not been destroyed, so that we might see them, confess them and live as free children.
But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my doom? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God's good commandment for its own evil purposes. Ro 7:13
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Ro 8:1
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free. (John 8:36) Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God's grace. (Ro 6:14) He will keep you strong right up to the end, and he will keep you free from all blame on the great day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. (1Co 1:8)
So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Gal 5:1) He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing what is right .(Titus 2:14)
Oh God help us to walk in FREEDOM!