God’s Word for Today: Condemn
John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Condemn is a word that hurts. Just think about it, in the English language it has a silent “n” on the end “condemn”. That in itself has condemned this word to be continually misspelled through all generations. Poor condemn would even like another chance. In Spanish and Portuguese, it is condenar. Not much easier to spell.
Being placed into the likeness of condemn has such finality. If you are condemned, that is about it. There is no going back. Why try to improve when you have everyone condemning you for past mistakes? People tell you that the hole you have dug is too deep. You will never get out. You might as well make the best of it and get a comfortable sofa that fits in your hole. Everybody tells you that is where you belong, so survival mode kicks in and you just go ahead and make the hole more spacious. No use building steps or a ladder to get out. According to those who condemn you, that is a waste of time. And even worse, is the strength of self-condemnation. Might as well make the best of what you, and others have decided is where you condemningly belong.
Or, you could be on the other side of this condemn thing. You find it is very easy to throw a little condemn at others so you don’t have to look at your own life’s sentence. As long as you can keep other people in a deeper hole than yours, you will be ok. Your hole isn’t that bad. Hop, skip, and a jump from getting out. Safe place to be. Not anything like that bottomless pit certain other people have dug for themselves.
Personally, I have been, and sadly at times find myself, on both sides of this condemn fence. Not only is the spelling difficult, the practice of self-condemnation via listening to others is strong. And, passing that condemn thing on to others so you feel better about yourself is just as powerful. How do we stop either, or both, trends?
The answer to that question is simple. We go back to The Good Book; 1John 3:21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.
That verse covers the first hole you find yourself in. Faith in God through Jesus Christ fills your heart with the Holy Spirit. That Holy Spirit will lift your soul right out of any hole you have dug for yourself and others want you to stay in. That my friend, is the only way out.
Second; Job 40:8 “Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?”
Maybe playing this God thing and judging others is not such a good plan. Can you fill others with your Holy Spirit and promise that you will give them eternal life? Probably not. Thus, you also have no right to condemn others either.
Today, I threw 3 bible verses at you. All of them tie together in a perfect grand package. Our word condemn can go take a hike. We will not have to concern ourselves with correct spelling if we eliminate this word from our lives. Simply do not waste your time condemning others. Bad plan. More importantly, do not listen to those who attempt to condemn you. And, at the top of the list; do not, I repeat, DON’T ever condemn yourself. God has a better plan for you……
Prayer: Dear Lord who sent Jesus into this world just for me. I thank you for your Master Plan. It is a good one. Forgive me for the times I try to condemn others. Forgive me even more for the time I waste condemning myself. Only through your gift of Jesus Christ and his Resurrection can I climb out of my hole of condemnation. Give me a hand Lord, I need some help, like every day. In Jesus’, who took our word condemn and if you follow Him, will make it obsolete, name I pray. Amen and amen.