Conviction vs. Condemnation- God is Always on Our Side
God Never Condemns, God is Always Our Side!
God is not judging us, God is always on our side!. John 12:47 “I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not judge it”. God will never condemn his children. He is the example of what a perfect loving father is. A godly and loving earthly father praises, lifts up, encourages, and inspires, so how much more can we expect from our heavenly father? A LOT MORE! God came to save us not condemn us. Romans 8:1 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” And we belong to him!
Satan, the Great Condemner!
Satan is the great condemner. He is the one who whispers negative thoughts into our ears. Satan points out our faults, calls us losers, and reminds us of our imperfections. Satan causes us to second guess what God calls us to do, saying we are not good enough or well-equipped enough. The Bible calls Satan “the accusing of the brethren” Revelations 12:10.
God Convicts…God is Always on Our Side
God is Always on our side! God’s conviction leads us to repentance. The guidance of the Holy Spirit speaks to us, reminding us of God’s will and desire for our lives. Romans 2:4 “Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?’ God’s conviction guides us to see that we have made a mistake, and He is waiting to forgive us. His arms are open and calling us into them. The offer, His offer of unconditional love and acceptance. God is always on our side!
Isaiah 30:18 “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits to have compassion on yo .For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” Our Father in heaven is always waiting with open arms to embrace us, hear us, and forgive us.
The Difference Between Conviction and Condemnation
Webster’s dictionary states the definition of conviction as “The fact or condition of being without doubt, surety.” It also states the definition of condemnation as being, “The expression of very strong disapproval” and “The action of condemning someone to punishment and sentencing”.
Conviction shows us the answer. It is surety without doubt for the love that the Lord Jesus has for us! Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Conviction reminds us that Jesus Christ shed his blood for our sins! He died for us! God is always on our side!
Condemnation shows us the problem. It yells at us that we are losers, failures, and not worthy! There are no answers in condemnation. Condemnation is punishment, a sentencing, a finality, and ultimately death!
Ahhh! The Holy Spirit. God is Always on our Side
When we ask Jesus to be the Lord of our lives, the Holy Spirit resides within us. The Holy Spirit reminds us that we are loved, unconditionally, and the children of the King. God is always on our side! Satan has no hold on our lives because we belong to the Lord! 2 Corinthians 7:10 “For Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret.”
So, DON”T let Satan make you feel guilty! Instead, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and come to the Father for forgiveness! He is waiting with open arms. Wow! How blessed are we to have the unconditional love and acceptance of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is always on our side! Rebuke condemnation and embrace conviction and His unconditional love!
Questions to Ponder:
- What choice have you made recently in which you felt condemned?
- What choice have you made recently in which you were convicted?
- How can you discern between conviction and condemnation?
We pray this week that God will clearly give you the discernment between conviction and condemnation, and if you would like us to pray for you, please email or message us on Facebook. And remember…God is Always on Our Side!