One Word at a Time: Condemnation

As I drove to church last Sunday morning, mulling over this week’s blog carnival topic, I had two thoughts.

The first was Romans 8:1.

                Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

But that thought was immediately countered by another fact of my life:

                I judge me guilty.

Once upon a time, this thought would have really discouraged me about myself. I’m supposed to be a stronger Christian than that, right? But today, I’m seeing it differently. I’m seeing it in a clinical way. Like a diagnostic tool that says, “Sarah, you need some work here.”

There have been times in my life that I’ve walked in condemnation—believing that God and others were judging me and finding me guilty or unworthy. But I’m coming to a place that I feel God’s love for me enough that though I do feel convicted at times (which is only right and good when I’ve sinned), there’s so much grace in the conviction that it doesn’t feel so much like condemnation.

But me? I’m pretty hard on myself. I can be extremely judgmental of myself. Condemning. Unforgiving. And as much as I know that there’s no life in that kind of attitude, I still struggle with it.

I need to follow God’s example. I need to love me and forgive me like Jesus does.

1 John 4:16

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Hebrews 8:12

For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.

Jeremiah 31:3

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

This post is part of the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival at my friend Bridget’s site. Today’s topic is condemnation. To read more inspirational posts on this topic, please visit her site and the other sites that you will find linked there.

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  1. I think we all tend to be hardest on ourselves. Those are great scriptures, Sarah. Thank you!

  2. What a great reminder! Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves that we help the devil bring us down!

  3. I think we’re a lot alike.

  4. … I will remember no more …

    What sweet words to live by.

    Love you girl!

  5. Sarah Salter says:

    Bridget, Karin, Lainie, and Anne- Thanks for coming by, Ladies! And I totally agree with that all of you are saying. I hope the scriptures were an encouragement.

  6. As I started reading this today, I began thinking about the correlations to my post…and then you quote 1 John 1:9…

    God is moving. Forgiveness, justification, and sanctification are found in Him…all we must do is Choose Him and walk with Him.

    Merriam Webster defines:

    justification – The process of being (justified) proven or shown to be just, right, or reasonable by God.

    sanctification – The state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion

  7. 1 John 1:9 is the verse from my personal story of salvation when I was boy. That verse – that God “purifies us”, that he “cleanses us” is what brought me to grace.

    Great post Sarah.

  8. I have the same tendencies. Those are awesome, encouraging verses.

  9. Sarah Salter says:

    Dusty- Thanks for the reminder. God IS moving. And justification and sanctification are happening as long as I keep holding His hand.

    Ryan- Me, too! And I love how Dusty’s post today brought me back to it. If you haven’t been by there, you totally should go.

    Mo- We’ve all been there. I have to keep the verses close to remind me. And I’m more than happy to share them with you. Thanks for coming by!

  10. I judge myself as well.. and need to see myself as He sees me, washed and cleansed by His blood. While He forgives and forgets, we yet remember…

    Great verses!

  11. I’m hard on myself too and even put the blame on me when it really wasn’t me. *sigh* I need to work on that.

  12. That’s a wonderful place to be–when His love replaces all those feelings of condemning and the judgment of others. I want more people to experience that! I know it’s changed my life, though like you said, I have plenty of room to grow.

    Thanks Sarah.

  13. Wonderful contribution. God’s love and His Grace abounds to us when we find ourself feeling “Guilty as charged.”

  14. This is great, Sarah. Especially for someone who wrote while feeling physically lousy.

    I almost went this direction with my post too, since self-condemnation is a huge problem in my life. Thanks for the great Scripture reminders.

  15. When I married my Dear, even though I’d been a Christian for nearly 20 years, I would throw the guilty feelings into so many circumstances. He kept telling me that God was a Grace-giving Father. After a few years and lots and lots of intervention on his part, I soothed down a bit; less self-hateful and more God-lovingness received. Good insight on your part.

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