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Friday, February 6, 2015

Think About It

Condemnation
by
Pastor B.J. Knefley

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

Condemnation is directly related to the passing of a legal sentence and the consideration that someone or something is guilty. It’s a very powerful word and one that often carries with it the feeling of shame and guilt. I’ve often wondered which comes first, the shame and guilt or the condemnation. For example if I’m already dealing with shame and guilt it’s easy to interpret a comment as condemnation.

I’m sure that you’ve heard the statement that says we are not to judge others. Some have even related it as a teaching of the Bible. Interestingly, what the Bible actually says is to not condemn, (i.e. judge in a judicial sense). Yet, we are encouraged to judge others in the sense of their actions and behaviors. In this case it’s not about condemnation, but rather a functional judgment. Functional has a useful and practical purpose. One may judge that a person’s behavior and actions are both reckless and dangerous. Because of this they may choose to create a distance from themselves and that person.

Guilt and shame are powerful emotions. These two emotions will often influence our interpretation of what we see and hear. We often own these emotions through events that happen in our life. These events can be what others have done, or what we have done ourselves. Because words have such power, parents and those in authority, can create a shame and guilt based environment by what they say. As a child I stuttered and I was teased because of it. Although I couldn’t change the stutter, I did feel guilt and shame.

Ultimately life can cause us to own shame and guilt. The good news is that God wants to redeem us from the control and power of shame, guilt, and condemnation. Accepting it is always a choice. Think about it.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

This is a great message to every mortal. We are all sinners. But by being believers and living our Christian faith to the best of our human ability we strive to be more Christ-like and have the comfort of knowing our sins are forgiven because God sent Jesus Christ to bear our burdens. This is not a license to go out and be hanus but it is a blessed insurance. Praise God and thank you for these messages. We cannot get out much especially in this weather and these messages are inspirational.

Anonymous said...

I agree wth 6:08. The word by the way is spelled heinus and not hanus.

Anonymous said...

Another school of thought might say:

That we should learn to forgive ourselves of mistakes, forgive others and treat them as we would want to be treated, and realize we are all human imperfect.

We can live free from the grips of fear and guilt and shame without resorting to a fictional sky wizard.

Anonymous said...

@ 6:08 and 4:20, it's actually spelled heinous