19 Oct

Condemnation – to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation; to pronounce guilty; to adjudge unfit for use or consumption
~Merriam Webster Dictionary

When we do something wrong, there are sometimes other people who condemn us. We feel their stares, we hear their whispers, sometimes they even tell us to our faces how much we have messed up. But the one person who condemns us more than everyone else?…..OURSELF!

โ€œVery often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.โ€
~Louise Benstock

I love that quote. We do something wrong, we work to make amends with the person we have wronged, we ask God for forgiveness (which He immediately grants and remembers our sin no more), but we continue to flog ourselves. We forget what God says in the Bible…

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
~Psalm 103:12

That means that it is no more! He no longer sees our sin. Yet, even though God has thrown it out, we still can’t forgive ourselves. And we live in that condemnation. We wallow in it and carry it with us for the rest of our lives. And if we are not careful, we will die with it. We have to remember this Scripture from Romans 8:1-3:

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

Did you see that line highlighted above? NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus!!! We need to stop constantly condemning ourselves and start forgiving ourselves through Christ!

This post has been part of a blog carnival about Condemnation over at Bridget Chumbley’s blog. If you would like to read more posts on condemnation, please head over to One Word at a Time. This is also being entered at Faith Barista Jam.

Posted by on October 19, 2010 in Uncategorized


15 responses to “Condemnation

  1. HisFireFly

    October 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Amen! We must learn to see ourselves as He sees us, washed, cleansed and made right by His blood.

  2. moonsview

    October 20, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Yes, it is those memories of past mistakes, hurts that continue to surface, but it is to the future we must keep our eyes focused. Paul says to press on with Jesus and forget the past. Not so easy to do, but you can only think on one thing at a time. This is why we keep our eyes on the Lord.
    I enjoyed your thoughts that we must forgive ourselves.

  3. Bridget

    October 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    We need to stop constantly condemning ourselves and start forgiving ourselves through Christ!

    Amen to that. Sounds so easy… too bad we don’t let it be.

    Thank you for a great reminder.

  4. Joanne Norton

    October 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    That’s what I have to rely on minute by minute… HE doesn’t condemn me. Nothing else counts.

  5. Kristine McGuire

    November 4, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Great post! We are definitely the hardest on ourselves.

  6. Jeri @godsdreamsforme

    November 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    No more! Amen! I’m breathing it all in. I’m free!!!

    • apesydaisy

      November 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      Jeri, thanks for visiting my blog! I hear you girl and totally agree! Time to be free!!!

  7. Sheryl

    November 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Love the quote! It certainly hit home!

  8. Melissa

    November 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I’m definitely harder on myself that anyone else. Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • apesydaisy

      November 5, 2010 at 7:40 am

      Melissa, I always say that I am my own worst enemy because of that. Thanks for reading.

  9. Lisa notes...

    November 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    No condemnation. How often we need to be reminded! Thanks for being another voice to remind me.

    • apesydaisy

      November 5, 2010 at 7:41 am

      I agree Lisa! Thanks for reading!

  10. Donna

    November 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Yes to the quote, the Word of Truth and freedom!

    • apesydaisy

      November 5, 2010 at 7:42 am

      Thanks for visiting Donna!

  11. Bonnie Gray | FaithBarista

    November 5, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for adding this to the jam! Look forward to more ๐Ÿ™‚ … Giving ourselves grace is harder than to others, but love the encouragement you share with us!


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