From Gospel-Centred Life (Timmis and Chester):
No condemnation. You may think of yourself as a big failure–but God doesn’t. No condemnation. Other Christians may give you looks that say: ‘You’re not puling your weight’–but God doesn’t. No condemnation. Christians need never feel condemned….Even when we do fail, even then God looks on us in Christ. He sees His beautiful, righteous Son and delights in what He sees. ‘The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing’ (Zephaniah 3 v 17). There’s no need to earn approval, no need to prove ourselves, no need to perform. (p. 40)
We need to hear this truth again and again, that the Gospel frees us from performance-based religion to grace-based relationship. Christians are not servile slaves, but rather precious adopted sons and daughters of the King. Wesley got it right: “No condemnation now I dread! Jesus and all in Him us mine!…Amazing love! How can it be? That thou my God shouldst die for me!”
However if, like me, you are prone to overly myopic narcissistic navel-gazing, then we suffer a common syndrome: the nagging dread of condemnation. But God didn’t slaughter His Son to keep us in perpetual bondage, fear and dread.
May the Gospel (and the Gospel Word) exert its power in our lives, liberating us from condemnation as we learn to walk in free yet costly grace as beloved children of the King.