The first step for a true understanding of justification is to understand forgiveness. You cannot ever really understand this principle if you cannot understand how God forgives. As people we often claim to forgive each other but deep down we continually hold something against the people we have forgiven. The best word here is the word “condemn”


Google says:

the expression of very strong disapproval; censure.

synonyms: criticism, castigation, denunciation, damnation, vilification, opprobrium; reproof, disapproval, disapprobation, a bad press, arraignment, excoriation, objurgation


The true test of forgiveness is whether you still condemn the person or not. You can never really forget the hurt that others put you through, but you can choose to remove them from burden of your condemnation. That’s how different we are from God. God doesn’t hold your sin against you, he does not condemn you for anything you have done.


Romans 8:1-3

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh,


The law of God is clear that all sin must be judged, and any man that commits sin must meet the penalty of their sin. We all deserved every due punishment of the anger of God, and we were meant to receive all due punishment for our mistakes. Instead God chose to forgive you and instead of condemning you to your sentence, he chose instead to condemn sin. We need to remember that our justification then means that we don’t have to carry the penalty of our failures and sins anymore. We are no longer held accountable to it, and we are removed from the damnation of sin.




I am forgiven, I am liberated and I am free from condemnation, God does not hold my past against me.


The law of the spirit of God gives me life, he sets me free from the law of sin and death.



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