“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
Where, oh where, do I even begin?
First, I do apologize for missing many weeks of blogging. Between my new job, my son fallen ill, my deceased brother’s birthday, Father’s day, and an unexpected personal situation… I was honestly just trying to hold myself together. The verses I shared above are one of the many pieces of scripture that pulled me through these emotionally trying few weeks. God is always with me. So yes, I am here now and all glory be to God that my son has been seizure-free for almost 2 months now! I still have much of my testimony to share because God is definitely not finished with me here yet. And I pray you all have been emotionally, physically, and spiritually taking care of yourselves too.
Today, I really wanted to touch on the topic of Condemnation. The reason why I want to discuss it is because God has been opening my eyes on this very topic for awhile now.
Standards. Standards are everywhere, right? When we step out in public, go to work, exercise at the gym, go to out to eat, take a drive, and even in most churches you will find them. As they should be. Standards are set for a reason. They set an example of a certain level of quality and attainment a group. person, or place expects from it’s occupants. Now, some people I know may not like this blog and that’s fine. I am hoping it sparks some conversation and we can all see from each other’s perspectives and grow spiritually here.
I am all for standards, but I am not for condemnation.
“I do not speak to condemn you for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together.”
2 Corinthians 7:3
Nothing irks me more than a “holier than thou” Christian mindset. There’s nothing wrong with righteous judging, but I do not condone degrading others for sinning differently. I have been THAT Christian before where I judged others while drowning in my own imperfections. God saw this and disapproved. So He exposed to me my flaws (some that were forced to come out of the dark into the public) so that I could see His love runs deep for us. Who are we to look down on others? Who are we to say who God loves? Who are we to talk about anyone? Humility is a virtue.
No one is perfect. Not one person. Sorry to break the news to my super religious readers. Actually, not really.
Remember the biblical story with the woman who was about to be stoned for adultery? Jesus stepped in and pointed out the hypocrisy among the group. By the time the crowd thought about it they left the woman alone and Jesus told her to go be free. He had seen past her sin, forgiven her, and advised her to sin no more.
“She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
This is where my issue comes in with religion. People still put old testament law over new testament love. Jesus is my idol. I mean He really is. The love He showed while He walked this Earth is indescribable. Isn’t it amazing how God loves us? Even when we are an utter mess from the inside out, God sees US. He sees past our pretty clothes, make-up, jewelry, money, etc and sees our very souls and deepest thoughts. God knows us better than we do.
I love God’s word and the standards it sets for a righteous life. I try daily to please God and a lot of times I fail still at being consistent. I want people to feel comfortable turning to God without worrying about what they look like on the outside, but by truly asking God to reveal to them their hearts and souls. It’s a process.
Modesty comes to us naturally when we have a relationship with God. It cannot be forced. A person can dress the part of an angel and still have a soul hell-bound. Our appearance changes nothing. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (God). We should respect them and honor them. In my college days after I turned 18 I got my first tattoo and later on in life while I was running from God I got a nose piercing. Not only once, but twice. Does that change God’s love for me? No. Now, this is not me encouraging anyone to go out and defile their bodies. This is me saying we all make mistakes and God gets that. While everyone is judging you from your appearance, God sees our greatest potential in Him.
“For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”
1 John 3:20
Biblical laws are the guidelines, but Jesus is the way. Follow the commandments and stay close to Jesus. Do your own biblical reading and prayer for God to reveal to you the things and matters that are important to Him.
Please do not ever believe you have to have the perfect life and dress like a nun in order for God to love you. You should be able to walk into a church in your current condition and be accepted with love and fellowship. God will begin to work on you from the inside out and you will even begin to see the difference in yourself. He convicts our hearts and directs our steps.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
I love you, friend. I truly do. I pray that all Christians one day can truly and consistently show the world how Jesus truly loved – unconditionally. All He wants is for us to turn to Him. I repent everyday for my wrongs. I had my time of running from God the last three years of my life. I tried everything, yet no one or thing but God could give me the joy and completeness I feel today. It’s not easy being vulnerable. I understand. Some people even feel as if God could never love them or that He doesn’t even exist at all. It is the enemy’s biggest lie.
I’ve grown a lot spiritually, but God is still working with me in a lot of areas. I’m proud of that. And if you are a work in progress in Christ as well you should be proud of you too. Let’s keep this up! ღ
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