Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
Many people are familiar with this scripture. Basically what it is saying, is that those who have turned their lives over to Christ have become new creatures and are no longer destined for death as their previous life of sin would demand. Sounds awesome doesn’t it? It is awesome!!!
However, here’s the thing: We often cannot stop condemning one another or ourselves even as we begin this Christian journey. We often are so ready to point out someone else’s faults or how they stumble, just because they sin differently than us. Not one of us is perfect and we all fall short of the glory of God. Knowing that, what good does it do for you to criticize someone else’s journey. There is a meme that has the quote “Don’t judge her. You have no idea of the storms I have asked her to walk through -God”. This is so true. You have no idea what someone else’s journey might have looked like for them to get to where they are now. This journey with God is not a race, it’s not a competition with other people. We are all tasked to run our own race at our own pace. We are tasked with “staying in our lane”. You can’t judge someone’s walk by what you have done and you can’t compare where you are to someone else. Chances are you are only looking at their highlight reel anyway. Someone may be more successful than you, but you don’t know what kind of hell they went through to be there. Another person may have nicer material things than you but if you are counting your blessings based on the materialistic things you have in your life, you have NO IDEA what a real blessing is! Material things are temporal, they are temporary and can always change.
Now let us talk about self-condemnation. We often have no worse enemy other than ourselves. We ask for forgiveness from God but we still beat ourselves up over mistakes that we have made. We remind ourselves constantly of what wrongs we have committed. We think that keeping those things forefront in our mind will keep us from making the same mistakes. All it does is remind us of what we have done and keeps it replaying in our minds. We replay it over and over and soon we are consumed by something we did long ago and it’s depressing. We still allow other people to call us names that He never gave us. Some people only know us by our mistakes or our pasts. If they choose to not get to know you any other way, then they can’t travel on this new journey with you. You are not your past. You are not your mistakes. You are what God has called you to be. He has not called you condemned, forgotten, a mistake or worthless. So, don’t call yourself those things or allow anyone else to call you those things either.
Hurt people hurt people. You are no longer condemned and there is no need to condemn others. You are loved, favored, and blessed. Your Father made you so unique that there is not another like you anywhere else in the world. He took the time to look over all creation and make you. You are not condemned, you are His child.