Do you remember being "in trouble" when you were a child? Scared of the consequences to come...overwhelmed by being "caught". I have a couple children who hate to be disciplined. They don't like to mess-up, and they tend to behave worse after they are confronted. I think, it's safe to say no one enjoys being disciplined. Romans 8 says, "there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death." Because we belong to Christ, we aren't condemn. I am free! I will never receive what I deserve because of Christ's great love for me. Isn't that encouraging...sometimes I feel the weight of falling short in my relationship with Christ. And I should be growing. But one of the great blessings of belonging to Christ is that I am not controlled hopelessly by sin. I am controlled by the Holy Spirit. When I allow Him to control my mind,God promises me life and peace.

Life and peace...are priceless.

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