Now There is No Condemnation

This year’s Mother’s Day sermon was a big surprise to me. It’s been almost three weeks since I heard the sermon, and I’m still thinking about that message every single day. If you are a mother, I encourage you to please take 20 min of your time and watch this sermon.

Every year I dread Mother’s Day. It’s just not a day I want to celebrate. And as our pastor said in his sermon, I have not lived up to anyone’s ideal. My journey as a mother has not been a pretty one. There were so many expectations from so many people in my life. Everyone had their own idea of what I was supposed to do and how I was supposed to do it.

Working full-time and raising three kids on my own was messy. It’s not something I like to talk about. There was never a day where my to-do list was even half accomplished… Just always so much to do. And the older the kids got, the busier it got. I had a hard time keeping up with all the sports events, music lessons, birthday parties, youth events etc.

So many times I just prayed to God to keep my sanity. I am still here, with my sanity pretty much intact. Today I can say to you: it was God’s grace and mercy and His love that kept me alive and sane.

My kids are all adults now. Praise you, Jesus! I do not wish to go back to any of those stages in life. No, I’m happy that I’ve arrived to this place where I’m at right now.

But after all these hard years to hear a message on Romans 8:1 was just beyond my wildest dreams. It washed over me and strengthened and encouraged me beyond words.

Please allow me to quote the few verses preceding Romans 8:1. Here are Apostle Paul’s words from Romans 7:21-25 (New Living Translation):

I have discovered this principle of life –
that when I want to do what is right,
I inevitably do what is wrong.
I love God’s law with all my heart.
But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind.
This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
Oh, what a miserable person I am!
Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

 

So now there is no condemnation
for those who belong to Christ Jesus!
(Romans 8:1 NLT)

No condemnation! Let these words sink in. If you are a mother, and you belong to Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation! This is grace, pure grace!!! It is my prayer for every mother out there to hear this message:

No Condemnation!

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