Condemnation, an expression of strong disapproval, e.g., showing disapproval to someone due to their actions, according to our English dictionary. However, in God’s dictionary the word condemnation does not exist: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree from the law of sin and death.”
We no longer face condemnation in Christ. Yet, there still a level sentiment of condemnation within churches. There is a lack of grace. I believe that today’s church has become some sort of condemning bully towards people who are simply struggling with their own carnalistic ways, which we too struggle with to no exception – we all have the same flesh. (John 8) However, we still find the room to condemn others instead of showing grace, but that’s the problem, there is no grace being shown in today’s church. We have forgotten this simple Biblical truth, “For it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)
God has forgiven us; past, present, and future sins. He doesn’t need to hear us plea the word “sorry” over-and-over, and He sure doesn’t want us spewing words of condemnation to others when He has said the opposite:
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – (John 3:17 NIV)
God shows grace, so why can’t we show grace to others? God loves us unconditionally, so why can’t we love others the same way? Now do not interpret this as a message of condoning sin, because God does not contradict himself, and does not condone sin. However, He loves the person regardless of his or hers wrong doing. He doesn’t condone homosexuality, but He does love the person acting in homosexuality, read more. He hates the sin, but He does not hate the sinner. God has given us the opportunity to escape a life of sin through Jesus Christ that we can reign in life. Therefore, our role as the universal church of God is to encourage others to leave sin behind, and be free in God’s grace and unconditional love. Our conduct does not matter in swaying God’s mind from loving us. There is no way of changing His love:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)
Nothing can separate us. Grace and love endure forever.
“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” – (Romans 5:10-11)
We face no spiritual death.
We face no hell, but there is no fiery underworld to begin with, read more HERE.
We face no condemnation.
“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” – (Psalm 32:1 NIV)
Let’s put an end to the condemnatory bullying.
“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.” – Willard Beecher