Anyway last night the talk was partly about repentance and condemnation. So much of the talk spoke to me in ways the course hasn't done before and particularly in relation to condemnation:
There is NO condemnation in Christ.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus... (Romans 8:1)
Seems simple right? we don't need to be taught this. but how many of us condemn ourselves for things we do wrong? Recognising we've done something wrong is usually the easy bit and even repenting isn't that hard once we've recognised it. But then how many of us beat ourselves up about the initial wrong thing or sin? The girl doing the talk gave a great example of her own about shouting at her kids and then descending into a spiral of 'oh I'm such a terrible mother' and so on... how many of us Mums shout at our kids and then feel bad? Now I'm not saying we shouldn't feel bad at all - I mean that is how we recognise what we've done wrong and try not to do it again. But we do not need to beat ourselves us about it. Repent, receive Gods forgiveness and it's dealt with. simple as that!
In relation to repentance she then had a diagram of 3 doors. The first has a sign on saying 'defensiveness and self-justification'; the second: 'repentance'; and the third: 'Condemnation & guilt'. When we sin and ask for forgiveness we can chose which door to go through. It is up to us, no one can make us go through one door over another. we chose. But only one is the right one, the path to true forgiveness.