Romans 8; 1 Samuel 17:1-54; Psalm 62
I tend to be very self-critical. If I’m involved in some presentation and others obviously love it and tell me how wonderful it was, I listen and nod my head in thanks, but then I think about all the mistakes I made during that time. I start going over all the ways I SHOULD have done it to do a better job. Paul reminds us that this attitude of self-condemnation is contrary to God’s spirit. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2) Too often, we display that attitude of condemnation towards others. We know what Christians are supposed to do and think, which usually coincides exactly with what we do and think, and are quick to condemn others for their actions and thoughts. In truth, the law of the Spirit of life will lead us to a more godly lifestyle. In the meantime though, we have to recognize that such changes may be a process rather than an immediate change. If it’s going to take me a while to fully live by the law of the Spirit of life, I have to afford others the same opportunity and know that we all progress at different speeds. If there is no condemnation from God, then my job is not to condemn. My job is to love and encourage others who are traveling in the same direction while showing those who are traveling the wrong way how to connect with the law of the Spirit of life. In short, my job isn’t to point out sin in others, my job is to love others like Jesus loved them.
Lord, it’s so easy to look at someone doing something differently and think they are wrong. Then it’s even easier to condemn them for their bad actions. Remind me that my job isn’t to condemn others; my job is to love others as You loved them and encourage them along Your way.