If you’ve spent summer at any camp, you’ve likely experienced a “Camp High” or a “mountaintop experience.” Whether you attend for one, two or four weeks, Kanakuk is always stocked full of moments that remind us of our Creator and our purpose. These are the moments that make us feel closer to Him than ever before.
At Kanakuk, we find constant inspiration in God’s word, and we love having the opportunity to share that with our Kamp family! Recently, God has been vividly reminding us of His never ending mercy and grace that save us from a life of condemnation. Even when we fall short, God’s mercy allows us to choose to live in joy rather than shame. Today, we’re taking a look at three verses that illustrate the beautiful truth of No Condemnation.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” Ephesians 2:4-5
Nobody is perfect, we all fall short; it is human nature. As Christians, we can respond to this with love and joy over shame and guilt. Alone, it’s like walking with a small pebble in your shoe. You cannot walk properly because it is bothering you, so it is with guilt and shame. Yet, when we resolve our issues by turning to God, the pebble is removed, our shortcoming are redeemed in Jesus, so that we may walk a steady and empowered path of joy and love.
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.” Psalm 103:8
God not only loves us but he is for us! In our lives it’s easy to feel like God is only for us when we are acting according to his nature, when we are succeeding. Because we often receive support in our lives when we’re doing well and we feel ashamed when we fail or stray. But God is different, He is compassionate and gracious, pouring love and mercy into us over and over again. He is always inviting us to walk with him, even when we feel like we don’t deserve it. Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness, God has never loved us more than he does right now, even when we are broken, tired, and feel like a failure -He has never loved us more!
“For there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 1:8
In this verse, we are called to live in God’s mercy and love, not according to our shame and failures. Because despite all that we do, God is promising us that he will never give up on us or turn his back on us, a promise fulfilled in Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice. Redeemed of our sins and relieved of shame, we have been gifted abounding mercy so that we can always seek out God. Judged not on our works, by seeking out God despite our struggles we are free to live in his purposes. What greater gift is there than the gift of freedom in Christ!?
So, how do we let go? How do we apply this to our daily lives? We can achieve this through our actions. We can live in the understanding and remembrance of what Christ did for us. The greatest strength that we have is the knowledge of all that Christ has gifted us through his life, death, and resurrection. We can remember that when we are reading the gospel, praying with God, and walking with him. We can remember that he is for us, never against us.
In each of these verses we are reminded, that God is not judging us for our works nor is he judging us for our burdens. He is coaching us and redeeming us with his love and mercy, so that we can live in joy rather than in shame! What a joy, what a privilege it is to be in Christ!