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Conviction or Condemnation

Updated on December 12, 2011

Convection or Condemnation?

John 8:36 (New International Version)36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

It was the close of the service and the pastor gave an alter call and opened the alter up to those who would like to come and pray. While praying at my seat I looked up and noticed this girl kneeling at the alter. This wasn’t her first time I had seen her down there in the same spot for the last few Sundays, It was obvious she was dealing with something in her life. Beside her was a box of Kleenex and several tear stained tissues lying beside her. As I watched her I could not help but wonder what was she struggling with, broken marriage, burdens for her family, children, why the broken heart? So in silence I prayed for her. I felt the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart to go down and pray with her. That was going to be a struggle for me at first, I did not know this girl. I felt as if I had to reason the facts with God. It took me a few minutes to be obediant, I told the Holy Spirit that I needed to pray more about it. I needed to really make sure this was God telling me to do this because I didn’t want her to tell me to mind my own business once I got there. Hum what a brilliant idea. I am sure I am not the only one that wrestles with the insecurities that God could or would ever use me to help another.

As I sat there I really knew I was suppose to go and pray with her, so I stopped my silliness and got up and knelt down beside her. I placed my hand on her and as she looked up at me the tears were flowing like and opened faucet. I asked her if there was something I could pray with her about, (waiting for the bomb to hit with her telling me to mind my own business) she said “I am struggling with a sin that I had committed a few months ago and am feeling guilty about it” she continues to say that she had asked God to forgive her but the guilt kept eating at her and didn’t think that God could forgive her. I sat there and thought to my self how many times I had this same reaction to a sin and thought God could never forgive or even love me after that, but that was a learning time for me in my life, God had simply showed me the difference between condemnation and conviction. AHH HAA I got it. So I went on to explain what I felt God had shown me that has help me to fight Satan’s trick of condemnation.

Have you fought this same battle? Have you given God that sin just to return and pick it back up and carry the guilt? Are you living a discouraging life because of the feelings that you could never be forgiven? You have asked God to forgive you time and time again but you have not received that peace that everyone talks about when your sins have been forgiven. With my simple mind I would like to see if I can help you grasp the peace of a sound mind (understanding) the way God gave it to me.

First let’s look at conviction. We all know the story of Pinocchio; the main characters I would like to mention are Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket. Pinocchio reaches the age of accountability and could not resist the temptations that Satan was placing before him. One right after another he fails and is sorry. He finds him self in a pickle, Oh wait, a whale. All along his journey there was Jiminy Cricket trying to persuade him that he needed to do what was right and go to school. Finally while being in the belly of the whale he starts to evaluate his wrongs. Well you know the rest of the story. I call the Holy Spirit my Jiminy Cricket, he is my best friend, IF I will listen he keeps me out of trouble.

So what’s conviction? Conviction is the feeling inside you get while and after you committed a sin. It’s that Jiminy Crickets in side that tells you you should not be doing what you’re doing or you should not have done that. We all have been there, done that and wrote the book. Then Jiminy Cricket (Holy Spirit) gets you to feel remorse for what you had done then you confess your sins and restores your relationship with God. Signed sealed and delivered. So when u sin the most important voice you hear is from the Holy Spirit. Praise God for my Jiminy Cricket!! Without condemnation you live a full life in Christ.

What is condemnation? Well condemnation is simply a trick that Satan likes to use against us to keep us from living a successful, peaceful Christian life. He robs us of a sound mind with satisfactory knowing our sins are forgiven and forgotten. How does it work? Let’s say you had committed a sin and the Holy Spirit had dealt with you about it and you asked God to forgive you. My Bible says that he forgives and never remembers them again. Romans 4:7-8 (New International Version)

7 “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”Its settle and done with, no questions asked. Praise God!!

Now condemnations sneaks in a few days or so AFTER you had asked for forgiveness and tells you that you have not been forgiven, how can God love you now, guilt builds up and up and up. Thus your life is miserable and possibly you walked away from God with discouragement, and being defeated by the enemy, and all along you had BEEN forgiven. How sad is that? We as Christians need to recognize the tricks of the enemy, and when he comes at you with condemnation you need to remind him that you have been forgiven, you asked and receive that forgiveness. So condemnation comes in after you asked and received forgiveness. The good news is: Romans 8:1 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. What better way to defeat Satan but by speaking the word of God to him.

I seen that young lady a few weeks later after church, she came up to me and said she was very thankful I was able to explain the difference between the two. She now no longer deals with condemnation and lives in peace with a sound mind (understanding) and recognizes it when the enemy tries to attack her with condemnation.

I hoped this helped someone. J

Carrie

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      Aaron Rushing 6 years ago from USA- Florida

      Well said Carrie: I do have a couple of thoughts to add if I may.

      As you have aptly pointed out. Being able to distinguish between condemnation and conviction is key. Indeed there are those times when God has forgiven us but we are unable to... forgive ourselves. or we find it difficult to believe God would forgive us.

      Condemnation is the idea that our sin is to big to be forgiven as you have said. We revisit the scene of the crime and hate ourselves all over again.

      Conviction is the reality that we have sinned. It is the understanding that we have done wrong and we need need to reconcile in some way. It gets confusing because both condemnation and conviction uses our conscience

      God uses our conscience to motivate us to change. To repent, to turn away from the sin, and to bring life. However the enemy of our soul, the Devil uses our conscious to judge us to condemn us convincing that there is no hope, we can never change. We are indeed to awful to be loved by God.

      As you have stated, with Conviction there is no condimnation Praise God!

      However there are those times when you have asked for forgiveness and you know you have been forgiven, but the situation will not seem to go away. While you are at peace with it, God keeps bringing it back to you over and and over again. Whats up with that?

      I have found that when this happens it is because I did not quite understand the gravity of my sin, or I need to confess my sin out loud to my pastor for accountability. Possibly I need to make amends with the person or persons I sinned against. Acknowledging my sin publicly and promising restitution.

      It is to easy to simply say I am sorry for thus and such, or please forgive me when I wronged you in that and that way. God may not allow you to simply move on. He may wait to throw it into the sea of forgetfulness until true repentance has taken place No doubt, there are time when that is all that is God will require, but it has to be said that God is the perfect father. He is in charge of our character development. He orders our life to bring about Godly Character. He disciplines, He corrects and he admonishes. Not with condemnation and death but with hope and grace.

      When we come to cross and confess our sins. We can be sure that all is forgiven. But if we find that the problem keeps reoccurring in our life either by a singular circumstance or by multiple similar circumstances, it may be God dropping the sin at our feet asking us to do what is right before he allows us to move on. This does not mean we are unforgiven, this means that He is working in our life to bring repentance, understanding, and in the end conviction that builds our faith in Him. We must remember that repentance must always accompany conviction.

      Thank you for allowing me to go on and on. Sorry my comment was so long. You really got me thinking

      Your brother in Christ, and in life

      ABR

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      CarrieG 6 years ago from Nevada

      Hey Brother,

      Thank you for your thoughts, they are always welcome.

      The Scriptures seem to clearly indicate that when we with all of our heart seek God’s forgiveness for our sin, His forgiveness is immediate and complete. But in most cases that is just for the specific act. There still will need to be healing accomplished in our hearts and lives, and possibly in others affected by us. Our almighty, all-powerful, all-knowing God, loves us so much He does not hold our forgiven transgressions to our account. The blood of His Son washes them away.

      I still believe that God forgives and forgets never to remember them again. When you say” he drops the sin at our feet”or that “God may not allow you to simply move on. He may wait to throw it into the sea of... forgetfulness until true repentance has taken place” would contradict these scriptures

      Hebrews 8:12 says, "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." In Jeremiah 31:34 we read, "…For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." In Isaiah 43:25 it says, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins."

      I of course was speaking of committing 1 sin. And I would pray that once they confessed their sin they would not take Gods grace and mercy for granite.

      With sin comes a consequence, so I’m not sure if I can agree that God holds back from throwing it in to the sea until true repentance. I believe that it is there where we have to make the wrong right for the situations that you may have caused. Guilt will still be there, having a hard time forgiving one self would come from condemnation, but the peace will be there that you have been forgiven.

      Your sister in the Lord and older sister in life..

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      Aaron Rushing 6 years ago from USA- Florida

      LOL Oh sure try and pull the older sister card... I don't think you framed that quite right. Didn't you mean to say "Ancient" sister LOL!!!!

      Ok Excellent scripture proof my ancient beloved sister. Indeed God's Word is true. But consider for... a second that we are talking about God's Judgment. Or better said, God 's attitude which dictate his actions toward us after we sin.

      I believe these verses are saying that God will not beat us over the heads with the sins of our past. They remind us that he is merciful and loving.

      Carrie do you think God literally forgets? Does he have a memory problem? God was speaking mediforicly, Assuring the people of Israel that he still loved them. He was removing the condemnation. The idea here is that God will forgive. Once he does, that's the end of it. But that does not mean he literally forgets about it.

      As proof of this consider Moses. He was denied entrance into the Promise Land because he had sinned in the desert by hitting the rock to bring out the water, as apposed to, speaking to it as God had commanded. Moses repented and God clearly forgave him, He still loved him. But this act was not forgotten by God. Was his denial into the promise land an act of unforgiveness on God's Part?

      Consider David The man after God's own heart, he murdered Bathsheba's husband Uriah, David repented but the baby stilled died. God clearly did not forget simply because David repented. The baby died specifically because of David's sin. It was an act of God not of the natural order of things. God clearly remembered David's sin, but he never stopped loving him. He clearly forgave him.

      I believe the point of the scriptures you listed is that God loves us and will not stop loving us. His forgiveness is guaranteed. Our relationship with Him will not depend on our ability to keep from sin. Nor will he remind us of our failing in a condemning way. He will not hold our sin against us in a critical and judgmental way. But clearly, he will make decisions about our character development. He will take those areas in out life where we fall short and help us work through them. As the old saying goes. "He loves us the way we are but he loves us to much to leave us that way.

      Love your YOUNG brother in Christ and in life

      ABR

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      CarrieG 6 years ago from Nevada

      Aaron, you remember there was a time I would not discuss, debate with you because I thought you were a little over my head and I would go fold cloths?..lol well this has caused me to dig in my bible for my answer to you that I believe in…so I thank you for that, but I still think you’re a little out there…just teasing.

      Sin has a price; it’s called Consequence. All those people you named yes paid the price, yes God did forgive but they as we do have to pay for our actions. David’s son’s death was a consequence of his sin, the way I see the story of David, Nathan went to him yet while in his sin, the judgment (consequences) had already been put in to play. (2 Samuel 12, 14 But because by doing (action) this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.” (Consequence)

      But still his actions he had to pay for and it was the death of his son…among other things.

      Moses was denied entrance into the promise land, and that was his consequences. I take the scriptural literally. If it says God blots them out to never remember them no more (Isaiah 43:25) I believe that is just what it says. No I don’t think God has a memory problem but I also believe that he doesn’t pull out my sin from a filing cabinet when it’s time for me to pay for my consequences.

      Aaron...thank you for Challenging me I do believe that God does not forget completely. But he will not hold then up to us ever again. I believe he does not remind us of them, but after forgiveness it’s consequences we deal with.

      Still loving you my younger brother..lol

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      Debradoo 6 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Wow. All I can say is that we must have been on the same page with this topic! lol Hope you do not mind that I am linking my page with your page and vice-versa? So glad to meet you sister. :-)

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      CarrieG 6 years ago from Nevada

      lol I was thinking the same thing..please feel free in linking us, as you can tell I am new so I dont know how to link. But whwen I find out how to do it I will link it. Nice meeting you also

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      CarrieG 14 months ago from Nevada

      Thank you gepeTooRs, thank you for taking the time to read my hubs. I want to ask you what you meant when you stated "its only s short drive"

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