God laid it on my heart to share this… I know its long…but its important…Ever since Ive started my walk..I have tripped…on more than one occasion. Its like a new born child trying to walk, but continuously falls and sometimes flat on their face. This Sunday in church, a woman by the name of Lisa sitting two rows in front of me turned around and said , “Kelly?” Yes… Im Lisa…you called last week about needing some direction and guidance. You just got baptized, right? Yes mam I did. I recieved your message that you left the church. And God laid it on me to take the message. I remember you from Growth Track. Church services went through their normal routine and afterwards she wouldnt let me get away. She gently grabbed my hand and asked what I needed. I proceeded to tell her that for the last 2 months I have poured my heart into following Jesus and praying everyday, spending time in the Word…studying, doing a womens bible study…but yet still I fail, I fall, then its followed with a HORRIBLE guilt that overwhelms me. More than it ever did before… I know us Christians are not perfect, we are born into sin. She reexplained all this to me….I know I know… but I allowed Satan and his ways to pull me from God….I allowed Satan to win…not because of the sins I committed but because of the horrible condemnation on myself. And thats when she explained Condemnation vs Conviction…. it hit home… I now understand and know how to prepare myself…. She also explained to me that its a GOOD thing that I can recognize the sin and desire to be better. And that right now its important to have a mentor…because Im just not strong enough to be out on my own…and its ok. If we were all perfect we wouldnt need the love and mercy of our God.
What is condemnation?
Condemnation comes from Satan and is meant to tear you down. Condemnation continually points out what a failure you are, and how badly you’ve messed up. Condemnation is showing you the problem, but avoiding the solution.
Jesus did NOT come to condemn the world (John 12:47). There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Satan on the other hand is KNOWN for accusing the brethren (Rev 12:10).
Why won’t you ever hear God telling you what a failure you are? Because Jesus said, “I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.” (John 12:47)
What is conviction?
Conviction is known in the Bible as Godly sorrow. God’s Word tells us that Godly sorrow is what leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). Condemnation tells you, “You are such a failure! Look at what you did!” while conviction tells you, “Come to me… and I will forgive you!”
Not only is God willing to forgive your sins, but He longs (deeply desires) to do so! Isaiah 30:18, “Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” (NASB)
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.”
Romans 2:4, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
Conviction shows you the answer to your problem. Conviction shows you the blood of Jesus that wipes away your sins!
What is the difference?
Conviction shows you the answer (the Blood of Jesus, which washes away sin), while condemnation shows you the problem (the sin, the past and your failures). Condemnation shows you the problem, but conviction shows you the answer.
Condemnation shouts, “Your past! Your sins! You loser!” But conviction shouts, “The Blood of Jesus washes away sins! Come to Jesus and be forgiven of your sins! You can be forgiven! Your sins and past don’t have to be a part of you anymore!”
Understanding the nature of God’s forgiveness
It’s so important to understand the nature of God’s forgiveness and His desire to wash us clean from our pasts. The Forgiveness of Sins is a great teaching that will show you the nature of God’s forgiveness