There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
There is a big difference between being in and out of a canoe. In the boat, I am dry. With my paddle, I am making progress to my destination. Being out of the canoe means I am in the river soaking wet. The paddle can do me little good until I get back in the boat. There is a difference between walking on and off of the trail. On the trail, I know my steps are secure. Wild animals keep their distance knowing the regular human traffic. When I am off of the trail, the ground is not as stable. Venomous snakes build their homes where people don’t tread. The canoeists who spends more time out of than in his boat cannot make an effective journey. The hiker that spends more time off than on the trail puts herself at risk for getting lost and being bitten. Anyone can capsize. But, one must get back in the boat. Anyone can stray from a trail. But one must get back on it.
Here is where there is no condemnation; when we are in Christ Jesus and we walk according to the Spirit. True faith is not “getting your praise on” for sporadic moments. It is to constantly be mindful of the Lord who loves us so much that he gave his life for our salvation. This is the boat that we progress in. True faith is more than being a moral person. It is to surrender one’s will to that of the Holy Spirit. This is the trail we walk. Be in and walk accordingly.