conviction or condemnation
This was very interesting to me how it was put because I often used to feel codemned when it was exactly what it was Guilt! I'm a very sensitive person trying hard to do what is right by God all the time, sometimes often forgetting no-ones perfect. I've learned that when anything is bothering me I am to take it straight to God and figure it out from there. He's definatly taught me well learned lessones and that is when I know I'm being Convicted.
I love the Holy Spirit. He guides, counsels, comforts, and protects, to name a few.
I appreciate the guidance that comes as a gentle nudge to write a much-needed note to a friend who is hurting. I am amazed at the counsel that falls from my lips when I have no earthly idea what to say to a woman in need. I adore the comfort I get when I am hurting and no one on this earth can do the trick. I love knowing that my children are protected within a hedge erected by the One True God.
But He also convicts. And dang if I don't like that.
Please don't misunderstand me. I love the outcome of conviction but am just not a fan of the discomfort that goes along with it. But, it's necessary. It's necessary for growth and a changed life. And I want a changed life.
Many people often say they “feel guilty” about something. Others say they are “convicted”. Guilt is not from the Holy Spirit. Guilt does nothing but condemn you and want you to fell bad and wallow in your shame. Conviction, on the other hand, is from the Spirit. It brings freedom to make a wrong, right. An easy way to remember the difference is this: Guilt paralyzes, conviction motivates.
How do you feel when you've done something wrong? Guilty or convicted? If you experience guilt to where you can't seem to make amends, recognize that is a tactic of our spiritual enemy. If you experience conviction, let the Spirit guide you to making the situation right again.
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