Do You Feel Condemned?


“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures and criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment.” –Matthew 7:1 MSG


“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures and criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment.” –Matthew 7:1 MSG

In John 8, a woman caught in the act of adultery is brought before Jesus. The people ask Jesus, “What is to be done to her? The Law of Moses says to stone her.” The woman stood in front of her accusers, judged by her actions.  But Jesus said, “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Jesus is the only one that could have made the judgment on her and thrown that first stone but he chose not to. Instead, He was sacrificed to atone for her sins and for yours.

Humankind has stood on both sides of this story. The lesson here is that Jesus does not want to condemn you for your mistakes. Neither does He want you to point out and criticize someone else for theirs.

Everyone has sinned and falls short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). You were created for relationship, to encourage others on your walks, not to condemn. Love covers a multitude of sins, it does not expose them (1 Peter 4:8).

The voice of God will teach you through your mistakes and will guide you to make better choices in the future. His voice will guide you into a life free of guilt and condemnation.

Prayer Focus

  • Pray and ask forgiveness for a critical and judgmental spirit.
  • Ask God to convict you in the times when you find that this spirit creeps into your life.

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