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God sent Jesus to show us grace, not to condemn us. To understand this on a deeper level, we must know exactly when we are dealing with condemnation. This spirit comes straight from the enemy, and makes us feel like we aren’t good enough and can’t become who God wants us to be. It triggers guilt, fear, and a sense of defeat because of our past sins and mistakes. When we trace these emotions back to their foundation, we realize that any issues we may be struggling with are based in condemnation. Feeling condemned, and letting this feeling control us, is part of the curse of trying to live by the Law of Moses. When we are aware of how insidious and deadly condemnation is and how it attacks us, we can master it and accept God’s favor.
La meta de Jesús durante el ministerio terrenal era demostrar gracia a las personas, no condenarlas. La condena no es de Dios, sino de Satanás. Es peligroso y mortal; cada problema que encontramos que nos ocasiona una lucha surge de la condena. El enemigo lo utiliza contra nosotros porque ha sido juzgado culpable y condenado. Él ahora está tratando de pasar su condenación a nosotros. Cada vez que perdemos la marca, el diablo está listo para susurrar que no somos lo suficientemente buenos, que no hacemos lo suficiente para agradar a Dios, y no podemos ser todo lo que Dios quiere que seamos. El diablo utiliza el ministerio de condenación para constantemente arrojar nuestros errores pasados a nuestras caras y hacernos sentir avergonzados, culpables y temerosos. La libertad y el verdadero cambio de la manera en que Dios tiene la intención solo viene al aceptar y predicar el ministerio de la reconciliación, para recordarnos a nosotros mismos y a los demás quiénes somos y qué tenemos en Cristo.
Jesus’ goal during earthly ministry was to demonstrate grace to people, not condemn them. Condemnation is not from God, but from Satan. It is far-reaching and deadly; every issue we encounter that causes us to struggle springs from condemnation. The enemy uses it against us because he has been judged guilty and condemned. He is now trying to pass his condemnation on to us. Every time we miss the mark, the devil is already ready to whisper that we are not good enough, not doing enough to please God, and are unable to be everything God wants us to be. The devil uses the ministry of condemnation to constantly throw our past mistakes in our faces and make us feel ashamed, guilty, and fearful. Freedom and true change the way God intends only comes by accepting and preaching the ministry of reconciliation, to remind ourselves and others of who we are and what we have in Christ.
The new covenant of grace is completely different from the old covenant of the law. Now that we are living under grace, we need to know what life is like under this covenant. The law was designed to reinforce the people’s guilt and constantly remind them of their shortcomings, but when Jesus came, He came to redeem and deliver, not to shame or punish. Most churches today seem to have forgotten this; instead of focusing on God’s favor toward us, they focus on telling us to keep the rules and uphold the standards of the law. Condemnation from the law is not a part of the new covenant, and if we feel condemned, that feeling did not come from God. The law heaps fear and shame on us, but grace offers us mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. Jesus had plenty of opportunities to condemn others, but instead of judging them, He forgave them and showed them grace. Faith in Christ transformed the lives of Zacchaeus as well as the woman caught in adultery, and it will change us as well.
When we compare the Law of Moses to grace, there are some stark differences. One of these differences is that nothing in true Christianity is earned. The old covenant of the law was based on performance; God could not bless the people if they did not perform perfectly. Under the new covenant of grace, our belief that Jesus performed flawlessly and kept all the commandments when no one else could negates the need for us to perform. We are now blessed by our faith in what He did and, through His unmerited favor toward us, we can receive good gifts that we did not earn. One of the greatest gifts Jesus gave us was the opportunity to be born again. This gives us new natures that are as perfect as God, Himself, and frees us, because even when we miss the mark and sin, we are now no longer slaves to it.
The world is a backward place, and we regularly see double standards when it comes to relationships between men and women. As parents, we know that this mindset of inequality affects our children, but we can fight back against gender stereotypes through grace-based parenting. If we are not careful, we can slip into self-effort and legalism. When we raise our children consistent with God’s grace, however, we allow Him to lead us in teaching them His Word through our own example. This operates by letting the overflow of grace that we have received spill over onto our children, revealing God’s nature to them. How we view God is reflected in our parenting style. When we realize that we do not have to work to please God because He is already pleased with us, we are empowered to show grace to our children.