Have you ever felt justified in condemning someone else or even yourself? Have you ever felt condemned by others?
What is condemnation anyway? Well according to the Webster dictionary this is what I found: Condemnation– is to pronounce and declare a person guilty and worthy of punishment.the action of condemning someone to a punishment; sentencing.
Now before I get to into this posting, like I said in my intro to this blog, these are my thoughts and lessons I have learned thus far. I will probably have my eyes opened to more about life and lessons or change an opinion as I go through life and circumstances change. Kind of like when we were kids and liked certain foods and now that we are adults wouldn’t touch it because we think its gross…. for me that’s Spam, my mom put it in everything… I think that’s a Spanish thing 🙂
I know that there are areas where people are condemned because of the horrific crimes they have committed and need to receive a punishment for it, I feel that way especially toward those who hurt children or take a life on purpose for example, I personally feel they should be condemned but I know that’s now how God would probably see it… God is not done working in me yet, this I know.
Now to me that’s one part of condemnation, punishing someone for a horrific crime, but to me there is another form of condemnation, punishing others or ourselves for past mistakes. We at times will put ourselves and others in a life long sentence because we can’t see past our pain. Now I know there is no level 1 and level 2 of condemning someone but I wouldn’t be real with you if I didn’t tell you how I feel about it. So that’s that, now lets get into the word shall we..
Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV) (English standard version)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;great is your faithfulness.
Because the Lord has mercy on us, we are not consumed by our sins. If we did not have the mercy of God we would be doomed because we would condemn ourselves and keep living a guilty and limited life with no hope.
God wants you to know that you do not need to run from Him. He will not point His finger at you to accuse you or hold you hostage to your past mistakes, please do not let the enemy make you think you are being held captive all the days of your life!
Malachi 3:6-7 (ESV)
6 For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. 7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.
“I am the Lord and do not change, therefore you are not consumed”. God knows that we can be weak people and our flesh is going to sin if we allow it. We even challenge God in His mercy by repeating the same sins over and over again even though we know better and shouldn’t. I feel that we are sometimes so used to living in our mess it’s hard to see that we don’t need to live there, not one more day.
Psalm 78:36-39 (ESV)
36 But they flattered him with their mouths; they lied to him with their tongues.
37 Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant.
38 Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them;he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again
How many times have you said one thing and have done another? I personally have always prided myself in not being a liar, in fact, I not only try my hardest not to lie, I absolutely abhor lying…. Yet how many times have I said something to God and act the opposite way? I couldn’t count that many if I am to be honest with myself and with you… For example telling God I forgive someone while I’m praying, yet carry anger and hate towards that person the moment I see them… Its like dieting in front of those who are watching, but eating cake in secret, believe me I’ve done that also.
Vs. 38 “Yet He, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them…” Being full of compassion he forgave them and forgives us and turns his anger away.
Just realize that you are going to mess up sometimes if not a lot of times. You need to ask for forgiveness, mean it and move on. God wants to work on you, in you and through you, He wants to correct you, show you, grow you, and bring you to a place of righteousness (right Standing) before God. The process will happen everyday for the rest of your life if you let it.
11 For I am with you to save you, declares the Lord;…… I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.
Wow! He starts this verse saying that He is with you to save you! He then ends this verse by saying that He will discipline you in just measure and you will be punished. Now lets get this clear, He said he will not leave you unpunished, He did not say he was going to condemn you, there is a difference. That tells me that His punishments are for our own good and to save us from destruction, and even while we are on the road to destruction He will not leave us. Correction brings character to you, it molds you and refines you as we do to children when we correct them to teach them and keep them from danger. Condemning means reminding you everyday what you did so you can feel bad about it and never let go of it.
Romans 5:1-5 (ESV)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Vs.1 Justified- marked by a good or legitimate reason. We on our own with all our flaws and sins cannot give a legitimate reason as to why you should have peace and be saved… We are marked by a legitimate reason through Jesus Christ by faith.
In Vs. 3 it says: rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance. How many times do we beg for the suffering to stop and it doesn’t seem to ever go away… One minute feels like a year when your suffering. BUT…. when we do get through those suffering times, the next time suffering comes we are stronger and can endure it. So I am beginning to understand why rejoice in those times, because I know that I will be stronger and smarter for the future storms.
So in your times of trouble, keep in mind:
suffering produces endurance (you will survive)
endurance produces character (what you will be remembered for)
character produces hope (the testimony you will show others)
hope does not put us to shame (you will conquer if you do not give up)
Be confident in God he has begun a good work in you.
Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ
What’s your take away from this?