I was sitting on my couch looking at the tv but was drifting off into my own little world. The volume on the tv faded into the distance as my thoughts became louder in my mind. I was thinking about life and the way that things were going. I knew that I was missing something, I felt the void. I knew that something needed to change but I weren’t sure what. As I was in my thoughts, I had a flash of my life run threw my mind and an instant knowing of what I needed to do to be able to get things back on track with my life. I am so thankful when the Lord speaks to me in that manner. It was something that I had been doing wrong and it was having a very negative impact on my life and the people in it. But instead of feeling horrible, full of shame and guilt like I normally would, I had a feeling of peace, power, and faith. It was like Jesus was telling me where I was going wrong at with compassion and empathy and I had a peaceful yet powerful knowing that I can and will do what I need to do.
So often when God shows us truths about ourselves with things that we are doing wrong, we receive it with condemnation instead of love. We beat ourselves up for the things that we are doing that we know that we should not be doing. We are full shame and guilt. But that is not how God intends us to take it. He speaks truth to us in love because He cares about us and wants what is best for us. He knows what will happen if we continue to do something, therefore He tells us where we are going wrong at so that we can make the change that we need to make to better ourselves and our lives. God is not the one that is yelling at you telling you that you are a bad person, that you have done it for good this time, that God is mad at you now. The enemy is the one putting those thoughts in our head. He loves to make us feel condemned. God speaks in a humble, gentle voice, with love and compassion. Anytime that we have feelings of condemnation we have to remind ourselves that we are forgiven and that God wants what is best for us because He loves us.
Are you struggling with condemnation right now? If so, what are you feeling condemned about and why do you feel bad about it? I would like to hear from you if you would like to comment on this matter.