Escaping Condemnation (2)


How do we escape the black hole of condemnation when we sin?

In last week’s post I said that to escape condemnation, we must first know where it comes from, focus on Jesus, and fight to believe the gospel.? A few more suggestions:

Trust God’s character

In 1 JN 1.9, God promises that if we confess our sins, he is “faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”? God is unfailingly faithful to forgive those for whom his Son died when they confess their sins.? He must forgive, for he is “just” – to not forgive our sins when Jesus atoned for them would be unjust.

Grieve appropriately

Paul told the Corinthians to ?forgive and comfort? a repentant sinner so he would not be “overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.? (2 CO 2:6-7). ?We should feel godly sorrow for sin, yet not be drown in a deluge of grief.? God wants to comfort us, though we don?t deserve it.

Beware self-pity

Sometimes our ?grieving? stems from pride: I can?t believe I’d fail like that. ?I should be better than that. ?As if I should be perfect. ?This is inverted pride – I’ve let myself down and failed my own high standards. ?Actually, I’m far worse than I? know.? I?m a wicked sinner, who nailed Christ to the cross.? I don’t need to do better; I need Christ’s blood.

Give thanks

Thank God there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. ?Thank him that he justified you by the shed blood of Jesus and sees you righteous in Christ. ?Giving thanks puts faith into action.

Get back up

The righteous falls seven times and rises again (PR 24.16). ?If the devil can?t cut you off from God, he wants you wallow in self-reproach. ?A righteous person falls ?seven? – innumerable – times, but God says, ?Get back up! ?Stand on the gospel! ?Look to the interests of others.?

Trust God to finish the job

Jesus is able to keep you from eternal ?stumbling,” and will present you blameless in his glorious presence, not with condemnation, but with great joy (Jude 24-25). ?Glory to God!

Do you have any further recommendations to help those who battle condemnation?

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  • Anam Cara says:

    wonderful, wonderful post!

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Thanks Anam!

  • Elaine says:

    Meditating on Scripture is the first recommendation I have for anyone, including myself, when struggling with condemnation. Reading biographies of godly men and women is another recommendation I would make. This summer I read Lewis Drummond's new Spurgeon biography, Spurgeon, Prince of Preachers, and found it to be an excellent reminder of our need to pursue Christ first. I'm not much of a multi – tasker anymore, but deliberately pursing Christ helps to limit those times of condemnation. It's humbling to be made aware of His sacrifice and love for us. Thanks for the reminder, Mark!

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Excellent Elaine! Meditating on Scripture–great place to start. And reading biographies of godly men and women–never thought about that one in connection with condemnation. Thanks for your comments!

  • Dave Wilson says:


    I'm always so encouraged by this passage:
    There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 ESV)

    I feel like I'm dishonoring the Savior when I embrace condemnation rather than rejecting it. I'm so grateful that I'm blessed to hear so much Gospel-centered preaching to fortify me from this temptation.


  • Mark Altrogge says:

    You are so right Paula, how important it is to remind each other and be reminded of our standing in Christ!

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Dave, great insight – I don't think I've ever thought about how embracing condemnation dishonors Christ. Thanks for adding this!

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