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Condemnation is a thief in people's lives. It will cause us to feel inadequate and produce low self-esteem and self-worth. Condemnation is defined as "an inward state of being based on a person's belief that they are strongly disapproved of." They have declared themselves guilty and they have inflicted a penalty upon themselves that they are unfit for use. This is where a lot of people live today, whether in the church or out of it. They did something they deem unforgivable by either someone else or themselves. No matter the cause, that's an awful place to be. The feelings this place in life will spawn are low self-esteem, anger and depression; and those are dangerous for relationships. We can avoid this misery by understanding that it's not from God and it is not healthy emotion. It is self-inflicted based on lack of understanding and bad teachings of God and His Word.
We must believe in God and understand that He will forgive when we repent. We can move forward, but if we believe our actions are unforgivable, condemnation and self-loathing will result. This sense of being unworthy can lead to eating disorders, people cutting themselves and doing things that destroy their lives. The only real remedy is to ask Jesus to come into your heart. Romans 10: 9 and 10 says, "...that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Believe God that when you honestly ask for forgiveness, you'll be forgiven. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - I John 1:9
Just a thought. God bless.
Published on Monday, July 25, 2011 @ 11:57 AM MDT
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