Putting Down the Whip
As a young monk, Martin Luther wanted nothing more than to please God. But, you know, like the rest of us, he struggled with sin. His way of dealing with his sin problem was to severely discipline his body, somehow thinking that would make him more godly. Now, I don’t suppose you are whipping your back over your sins, but I do know a lot of people who beat themselves up emotionally and mentally over failures and sins from the past. Listen, my friend, no matter what you have done, God does not hate you. He loves you! He loves you with an everlasting love. Jesus paid for all our sins when He died on the cross. He doesn't want us to live under the whip of condemnation because the Bible says, “there is therefore NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). All the wrath of God fell on Jesus. And the moment you receive Him, you receive a full pardon. Now that’s real hope.