Why Can’t I Condemn That Person?
John 3:17 [KJV] – For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
There has been a lot of emphasis on believers not condemning others, whether believer or unbeliever, and a couple of people were wondering why there’s so much fuss about it? and why it’s a necessary action for believers to take? Well one major reason is that Jesus himself does not condemn anyone.
Our key scripture makes this really clear, and Jesus was the one speaking here. We are not supposed to condemn people, Jesus didn’t do it, it wasn’t even a part if His agenda, and it shouldn’t be a part of ours either. Remember Jesus and the woman caught in adultery.
Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
“No, Lord,” she said. AndJesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Jesus came to save from condemnation and not to condemn. We also save from condemnation when we preach the gospel. The message itself is not one that condemns, but one that reveals God’s love, and hope…a feeling of hope is the direct opposite of a feeling of condemnation.
One reason many people condemn others is because they view them as sinners. But people forget that men are sinners not because of anything they have done, or any choice they have made, but because of what Adam did in the beginning. Many believers also forget that they were once sinners as well until they heard the message of God’s saving grace, which we are to preach and demonstrate.
In all this we also need to note that there is a difference between correction and condemnation. Correction is an act of love, to prevent a person’s mistakes from leading to hurt, or failure or pain. However condemnation is not an act of love, it would involve declaring a judgment over someone, and this would also reflect in your attitude toward the person.
Jesus did not condemn, but save, you are like Christ, so don’t condemn, but be a beacon of grace.
Lord, teach me to see people the way you see them, and to love them just like you do.
Author – Gem