Romans 14:22 – “Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.”
Yep. Another verse that I’ve read a thousand times and when I read it the other day, it practically jumped off the page and slapped me in the face.
I really want to focus on the last part of the verse – “Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” What do you think about that?
What are we allowing in our life? What kind of sin are we deeming “acceptable” in our life? What actions are we justifing that we know displeases God? What excuses are we coming up with to alleviate our guilt of doing what we know is wrong?
Yikes. Condemning stuff. Remember, that verse jumped off the page and slapped me in the face.
How much are we condemning ourself because of what we allow? In my case, a lot. I can justify myself with the best of them. I can find ways around things that didn’t even seem possible. Not something to be proud of, I assure you.
Each and every day I find myself making excuses. If I’m honest, I condemn myself over and over again by what I allow in my life.
And this doesn’t just have a personal meaning. It also applies on a much bigger scale. What are we allowing socially that is condemning us spiritually? Oh my. How long do you have?
But for now, I need to clean up around my own tree before attacking someone else’s tree.
As I’m typing this blog, my verse of the day popped up on my screen – Psalm 103:8 – “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” Doesn’t it just make you smile when you are beating yourself up for failing and falling and being a piece of uncontrollable trash and God reminds you of this. He is gracious. He is merciful. He is slow to anger. He is…
Let me encourage you this week to be on guard about what you allow in your life. Don’t let it control you. Let the Holy Spirit do His thing and convict you of unrighteousness and lead you in the path of Truth. Don’t condemn yourself by what you allow in your life.