In my quiet time this morning, the word ‘commendation’ was used in the devotion. That word just leaped off the page at me. I stared at the letters in that word. I have never realized how close the words ‘condemnation’ and ‘commendation’ were. As a Christian, I am very familiar with condemnation because I have been set free from condemnation through Christ Jesus who loves me. But upon seeing the word commendation, I realized that even though those two words have almost the exact same letters arranged in a slightly different order, they definitely have two very different meanings.
Condemnation: The act of judicially condemning.
Commendation: A commendation is a formal statement of praise for someone who has done something admirable.
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As a student of God’s word, I am always amazed that a person well-deserving of condemnation is the recipient of commendation. How do we go from condemnation to commendation. God provided a way through His Son and through the Holy Spirit.
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The blood of Jesus transferred me from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.
Yet, it is the empowering and the submission to the Holy Spirit that enables me to enjoy the pleasure of the Father and do the kingdom work for which I have been called.
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“He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son” Colossians 1:13
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Romans 8:34
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7
“We have been set apart as holy because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do by sacrificing his body once and for all.” Hebrews 10:10
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.” Romans 14:17-18
Do you realize how much He loves you?
You have been set free from condemnation and you are considered the apple of His eye!!
Walk in that love today!