Today's reading

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1 NIV

August 1, 2023

No Past

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1 NIV

Paul’s letter to the early church provides incredible comfort for us. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NIV). Wow! Can we say that about any other relationship that we have? No matter how sincere the original vows, many marriages end in divorce, with the partners explaining that they just don’t love each other anymore. Yet, we have the assurance that God loves us so much that absolutely nothing can separate us from His love. Have you ever wondered why this verse mentions “Neither the present nor the future” but doesn’t it include the past? It is simply because, in Christ, we no longer have a past. The past is dead and buried, leaving us with only a present and a future. It is evident why Satan so often throws our past in our faces. He’s constantly trying to remind us of all the mistakes we’ve made. But God declares that our past is dead and buried. We are eternally forgiven and eternally loved.

prayer focuses

Father, thank You for declaring my past dead and for never condemning me.

Lord, help me to stop looking back and to realize that I am a new creation in You.


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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.