16 So don’t let anyone judge you because of what you eat or drink. Don’t let anyone judge you about holy days. I’m talking about special feasts and New Moons and Sabbath days. 17 They are only a shadow of the things to come. But what is real is found in Christ. 18 Some people enjoy pretending they aren’t proud. They worship angels. But don’t let people like that judge you. These people tell you every little thing about what they have seen. They are proud of their useless ideas. That’s because their minds are not guided by the Holy Spirit. 19 They aren’t connected anymore to the head, who is Christ. But the whole body grows from the head. The muscles and tendons hold the body together. And God causes it to grow.
Don’t let anyone condemn you.
Paul helps me to understand that any thoughts of condemnation do not come from Christ (v19). Christ Jesus does not condemn me because of anything I do or don’t do, he simply does not condemn me.
I don’t actually need anyone to condemn me, I do a good job of that myself. But if my thoughts do not led me to Christ, then they are not from Christ but from my enemy who wants to led me away from Jesus.
Instead Paul tells us in Corinthians to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Every condemning thought, no matter where it comes from must be taken captive. Arrest that thought. I have to take action against those thoughts.
How? I have to choose to think thoughts that come from Christ, from the Bible. Thoughts that encourage me, build me up, lift me up and set me free.
Thank you for setting me free from all condemnation. Jesus, your words are life and food to my soul.
Written by Andrew Martin