Today I want to focus on a topic we all deal with from time to time: condemnation. The Bible says that all of us have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). None of us is perfect, and because of that fact, when we miss the mark, the enemy will try to cripple us with accusing and condemning thoughts.
Just the other day I battled with condemnation when I was supposed to attend a meeting, and got so caught up in something else I was doing that I forgot about it! The enemy began to heap condemnation on me, and the fight was on. That’s typical because the devil is always looking for opportunities to pounce on us and beat us down. If we wallow in that negativity, we will end up totally missing God’s plan for our lives. That’s why we have to know who we are in Christ so we can keep condemnation at bay.
So when we fall weak and fail to live up to God’s, other people’s, or our own expectations and Satan begins to inject condemning thoughts into our mind, how should we respond? Here are some good steps to take:
- Receive the conviction of the Holy Spirit and repent before God if necessary.
- Take responsibility for your actions and refuse to blame others.
- Learn the lesson and determine what you need to do differently next time.
- Extend a heartfelt apology to whomever you need to.
- Pray for the person’s heart to be healed if applicable.
- Do what you can to make amends and make restitution where possible.
- Reject the condemnation of the devil.
Remember you are the righteousness of God in Christ, and Jesus died on the cross to take your punishment. Therefore, there is no need to punish yourself. After you have done all of the above steps, you have earned the right to be at peace and get your joy back. You are now at ground zero, and you can forgive yourself and move forward.
Beloved, if you have missed the mark in some way or offended someone, expressed true remorse over the wrong, and you’ve taken the steps above and done all that you can do to rectify the situation, what else can you do? NOTHING. At that point, you can place the situation in the hands of the Master and drop the charges against yourself even if the offended one chooses not to do so. You can exhale and go forth in peace without condemnation. After all, nobody is perfect, not even the person with whom you had the problem in the first place.
The last time the devil hammered you with condemnation, how did you handle it? Please leave a comment below.
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