Romans 8:1 “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Jill Price has a medical condition called hyperthymestic syndrome. That is a mouthful. It is simply a syndrome where she remembers everything and forgets nothing. She writes in her book, “Imagine being able to remember every fight you ever had with a friend, every time someone let you down, all the stupid mistakes you ever made, the meanest most harmful things you said to people and those they said to you. Then imagine not being able to push them out of your mind no matter what you tried.” Jill Price has become a prisoner to her memory. Now we may not have her disease, but for most of us we are prisoners of our past. We confess our sins, but we don’t seem to be able to forget them. Have you ever continued to beat yourself up for your sins even though you have confessed them and even though someone has forgiven you? You just can’t seem to forget. Those past mistakes, those past sins, those past negative words keep defining your present. We can’t get on with our lives because we can’t seem to get past the past. Listen to the words of Mark Batterson, “We define ourselves by what we have done wrong instead of defining ourselves by what Christ has done right. Or we define ourselves by the hurtful things done to us instead of what Christ has done for us.” Drive these words deep into your soul: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” He has nailed your sins to the cross. They are gone. It is over. You have been forgiven. You don’t have to keep nailing yourself to the cross anymore.
– Dr. Tim Thompson, Senior Pastor