When people condemn us, they tend to criticize what we wear, berate our actions, or simply attack anything concerning us. Have you ever been condemned? How did that make you feel? Some of us put up safety walls to protect ourselves from condemnation, but that is subtly counterproductive because we end up becoming prisoners behind those protective walls.
Romans 8:1 tells us, however, that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
Here are some synonyms for the word condemnation:
Who is the condemner (accuser)?
Revelation 12:10 reads, “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”
Do you see that? Satan goes to God day and night to accuse us. His accusations probably sound like this: “You see Bob? Look how he’s talking to his neighbor. He has no self-control. You see Melissa? She just fornicated last night. These people aren’t even worth your time, Jesus. They belong to me.”
Even with those accusations, Satan is powerless in persuading God to condemn a person who has accepted Jesus Christ into his or her life and is submitted to Him. Furthermore, God will destroy Satan forever in the end.
Like Isaiah 54:15 declares, “If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.” Then verse 17 says, “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.”
Now here are some antonyms for the word condemnation:
Do you remember the story in John 8 about the adulteress woman? What did Jesus say to her?
“Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? (verse 10)
The woman responded by saying, “No man, Lord.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
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