NOT saying this word can swing your life into a tailspin. "Would you mind babysitting for me tomorrow?" Sure. "Do you have time to cook dinner for our neighbor?" No problem. "How do you feel about teaching Sunday School this semester" Why not? And then.....a week later....you're in bed feeling overwhelmed and don't know how it happened.
It's the number one word that raises my hackles when it comes out of the mouth of one of my children. Thankfully it's not said very much, but when it is....... let's just say I have to "take my thoughts captive" in order to not get a call from child services.
But there are times that hearing the word "No" is beautiful. Life giving. Freeing.
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1No condemnation. None.
I condemn myself all day long. I'm staring at a pile of laundry I need to hang up right now, condemning myself for not having done it two days ago. I know that our school district is out today and neighbor kids will be knocking on my door all day, but I'm still condemning myself for giving my kids a day off homeschooling when I know we're behind. There are dishes in my sink. Condemn. I don't remember the last time I exercised. Condemn. I had the leftover chocolate cake for breakfast. Condemn. I'm large, pregnant, and uncomfortable but feel like I should be able to do so much more. Condemn. Condemn. Condemn.
But the God of the universe? The creator of everything and sustainer of all life? The one who keeps planets in orbit and governments going and deals with war and famine every day? No condemnation coming from Him. Why?
Easter. We just celebrated why. Good Friday - the brutal death of his sinless son in my place. My unworthy place. He took my sin when all I deserve is condemnation. Easter morning - he conquered that sin, conquered death.
There is therefore now no condemnation.....
No. Simply freeing.
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