Conviction of the Holy Spirit is not Condemnation
Conviction or Condemnation? Know the difference ..
Conviction will always lead us toward forgiveness and victory while condemnation will always lead us toward inadequacy and failure. Conviction will be followed by the answer while condemnation will be followed by accusations. Conviction carries a sense of hope and renewal while condemnation carries a sense of spiritual bankruptcy and indebtedness. Conviction leads us to a solution while condemnation leads us into despair. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts .. He is our best friend and He was sent to us by Jesus Himself to encourage us and constantly assure us of God's love and forgiveness.
It is the enemy (Satan) that condemns us. So that we become unsure and doubtful of God's love and forgiveness, for us and in us.
We cannot relate to God the way He desires us to until we understand the difference between conviction and condemnation. Conviction will strengthen and enhance a loving relationship with the Father. While condemnation weakens and distorts our relationship with the Father.
If you have sinned and are feeling condemned, it is not the Holy Spirit that is condemning you, it is your own conscience. The Holy Spirit never uses guilt nor condemnation to point out your sins, or to make you aware of your sins. 1 John 3:19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. Conviction gives us a bold confidence toward God while condemnation is meant to break our confidence toward God. Conviction gives us a passion for holiness while condemnation gives us a sense of unworthiness. Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. And .. Romans 8: 1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Hebrews 10:22 "Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water."
The Holy Spirit would never interfere with our coming into the presence of God, therefore He cannot be the One who condemns us. Our conscience should be clean (not according to what we have or have not done but according to what HE has done). It is the enemy that desires we do not trust Him. And he uses our own conscience to have us believe we are unclean and unworthy while using guilt, shame and/or condemnation to convince us.
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