Friday, October 30, 2015

DEVOTION: Condemnation-free Living ~ by Gavin Cox

Some days are better than others. Today is one of those others.

Nothing cataclysmic mind you. But there are some relationships that would have been a little less tender right now had I been a little less reactive. And so much more could have been accomplished had I been a little better organised and a little more focussed. Time for some recalibration!

This is not the first day that I’ve had like this, and it will sadly not be the last. Nothing extraordinary there. But what is extraordinary is our consolation in Christ at times like these. My performance is variable. Jesus never changes. And the Good News is that my right standing with God is based on His performance and not my own. My righteousness is a constant because it’s an untarnishable gift. I’m not even sure if untarnishable is a word, but reminding myself (on the good authority of Scripture) that I’m in fellowship with God and fully acceptable to Him is the game-changer on days like these.

Believing quickly makes it experientially true. Thinking on these things is always breathtaking in its effect. The downers of guilt and shame are dispelled by the influx of peace and joy. Darkness yields to light, death yields to life, despair yields to hope, and muttering is replaced by gratitude and praise. A mood swing in the right direction is a lovely thing!

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1). There is no better way to live! Thank you Jesus!!

Gavin Cox is a newcomer to our Friday Devotional team. He hails from East London, in South Africa. Welcome Gavin!

Gavin is also a member of CWOSA (pronounced quo-za), or Christian Writers of Southern Africa. He recently opened a new website called So Much Good News. Do pay him a visit.


  1. Thank you so much for this, Gavin. Great to have something from a new writer (to our devotional corner.)

  2. Thanks Shirley. Appreciate the opportunity!