Not to fear

I fear all sorts of things.

Heights.  Animatronic animals.  Getting into the median lane at the same time as someone else.  My husband having a heart attack.  Saying something crazy and destroying my reputation (you see it happen on TV all the time).  Getting my arm caught in the garage door.  Going into the wild and seeing a little animal get eaten by a predator.  Someone breaking into the house at night.  An elevator door closing on my hand or foot.  Walking by a fish tank and seeing dead fish floating up at the top.  Plane rides.  Running over one of the squirrels in the parking lot.  Bungee jumping.

I fear all sorts of things.

But Romans 8 reminds me of something I don’t have to fear.

And it’s the big one.

CONDEMNATION.

Law scales, judge gavel on table. Symbol of justice

I don’t have to fear condemnation.

Not even a little bit.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1, ESV)

If you are in Christ Jesus, you don’t have to fear condemnation.

Not even a little bit.

Christ has set us totally free–perfectly, positively, wholly free–from condemnation.  We are absolved of guilt.  We are parted from shame. We are disassociated from sin.  We are 100% removed from condemnation.

If there was ever anything not to fear, now there is: absolute justification in the eyes of God.

No condemnation.

And if there’s nothing to fear with God . .

all my other fears can be scratched off the list as well.

Not to fear:

This is a gift from God.

Have you received it?

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)

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