Condemning vs Interceding

Condemning vs Interceding

Romans 8:34 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.


“Who is to condemn?”

Condemners = critics, enemies, own hearts, demonic realm (technology/social media)


Condemning & men

  1. Men default to condemnation & have been conditioned in it from youth
  2. Men hate disrespect/dishonor especially in front of others
  3. Men move condemn to contempt over time


When someone does something wrong:

  • Was it a sin or a mistake?
  • How will you respond?

Option 1. Condemn (no relationship)

Option 2. Intercede (forgive & seek to bring help)

  • Spirit intercedes for us – Rom. 8:27 “the Spirit intercedes for God’s people”
  • Jesus intercedes for us – Rom. 8:34 “Christ Jesus….is interceding for us”


When someone you lead does something wrong:

  1. Was it a sin or a mistake?
  2. If it’s a sin, are you going to condemn or intercede?


Condemn                                                       Intercede

Start with them                                                Start with God
Person is the problem                                     Person has the problem

Criticize                                                           Coach

Beat them down                                              Build them up

Walk away                                                      Draw near

Hopeless                                                         Hopeful


Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

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Group Questions

  1. Do you honestly see God more as condemning or interceding for you?
  2. Who in your life has been a good intercessor?
  3. Who do you struggle to intercede for rather than condemn?
  4. How can we pray for you?

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