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!
“Very often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.”
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.
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.