Examination vs. Condemnation – October 20 Devotions

Have you ever wondered about the difference between examining yourself and your life, so you can correct flaws and improve yourself – versus condemning yourself for whatever flaws you possess and perpetually feeling bad about them, so you are unable to grow and move forward?


Examination is meant to help you acknowledge the flaws so you can improve–condemnation only makes you feel bad, and can even lead to depression and inability to do what’s necessary to improve your life.



Onto today’s devotional thought …


“There is  a great difference

between examination and condemnation.

Examination helps us prove to ourselves that we are in Christ

and He is in us, and in Him we have been set free from sin.

Condemnation keeps us mired in the very sin

we feel condemned about.

It does not deliver us–it traps us!

It weakens us and saps all our spiritual strength.

We give our energy to feeling condemned

rather than living righteously.

There is such a thing as excessive self-examination,

and I personally believe it opens the door

for much of the unbalance

we see today in this area among God’s children.

To be overly introspective

and continually examining our every move

opens the door to Satan.

**Examine, but don’t condemn.**

God has forgiven confessed sin so you can move forward.

He isn’t dwelling on it; why should you?

Pray: Lord, I ask You to search my heart

and expose any sin in my life.

I refuse to get trapped

in endless introspection and condemnation.

Set me free from all sin. Amen.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”


My reflections:


This one is such a good reminder not to focus so much on faults and past problems that we impede our own growth. It’s far too easy to get hung up on the negatives instead of the positives, and sabotage our lives as our own worst enemies.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you routinely examine yourself and your life? Does self-condemnation ever threaten to prevent you from growing and improving yourself?

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. I hold on to grudges forever. I just don’t know how to let go.

  2. I am a so quick to forgive everyone else’s imperfections, but really struggle with accepting and forgiving my own. Grace is the only answer, but I sometimes resist opening myself to it. Thanks for the encouragement in this post.

  3. I am trapped in a cycle of self loathing that I don’t know how to break out of and sadly it is the increase of technology and our childhood that determines how we view ourselves.
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  4. It wasn’t until I went through coach training that I really learned the skills to take a look at my own imperfections without beating myself up for them.

    Although, sometimes, it’s the other way round for me. I have to have my behaviors pointed out to me before I see what I’m doing.
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  5. I agree, and think we need to learn and grow from past mistakes.
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  6. Life is always a forward motion. We need to look at the blessings to come and lot back at mistakes.

  7. I tend to be a pretty optimistic person and refuse to allow negative thoughts about myself or anything else take control.
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  8. I know people who are a lot stronger now after going through a tough ordeal and they are very empowering and admirable. But there are those who seem to find it difficult to move on from the past. It’s definitely not something that’s healthy for them and the people around them.

  9. Self-examination is necessary at times, but not condemnation. I always hope to improve. That’s what life is all about–a learning journey.

  10. I read the comments with great interest. I also hold on to grudges forever. I’ve also seen, especially recently, how the past prepares you for the present. I now need to concentrate on improvement, not on the past.
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  11. Think it is really important to evaluate ourselves continually to make sure we are on the right track, whatever that is for us. There is a massive difference between beating yourself up and loving yourself enough to make sure you are treating yourself right.

  12. I take each day 1as a new one. I try and learn from the past. great tips

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