Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. * * * * * * * There are Christians who endure real, physical, emotionally abusive, life-threatening persecution in the world. Those who are reading this devotion are likely not one of them. The most condemnation that we experience is from those in our own family, our own faith community and from ourselves. Most of Paul's writings in the New Testament are directed to the Christian community ABOUT the behavior of the Christian community. Imagine what we could do for the lives of those who are truly suffering if we lightened up on each other and believed that Christ has set us free from the law of sin and of death. Imagine how we could love! * * * * * * * Free us, Lord, to love with mad abandon. Amen.