Condemnation is a Prison
by Philip Jonkers
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Matthew 7:1
Every time you judge or condemn whoever or whatever kind of behavior or activity you build another wall of the imaginary prison that is surrounding you and is impeding your freedom. Through the act of condemnation the ego incurs conscience guilt and this makes confrontation with whom, or that which, has been condemned potentially painful. As a result, the ego will seek to convince its host to stay clear from the person or the activity condemned so as to avoid embarrassing confrontations. Therefore the more intolerant you are, i.e. the more you condemn, the stronger and smaller the prison will become that your ego allows you to dwell in. And so acts of condemnation progressively limit your freedom. The ego may use pride to ignore or obfuscate the walls or decorate them with pleasing ornaments, but they are still walls just the same.
So liberate yourself and leave the business of condemnation over to God, as much as is decently possible.