Conviction or Condemnation? (EP 02)

Podcast Episode 2 (Condensed)

Conviction vs condemnation is a much needed conversation in the Christian community. Conviction can be described as the Holy Spirit tugging at our hearts to gain our attention about wrongdoing (sinning, falling short, or bad choice). It brings an awareness to us about what we’ve done that displeases God. Most people are compelled by their emotions after being convicted by the Holy Spirit. The goal of conviction is to draw us to repentance for change. Conviction comes from the advocate, the Holy Spirit.

Condemnation on the other hand is different. It can also be an awareness of sin, wrongdoing, or bad choices. But the big difference is that condemnation bring feelings of shame, embarrassment, and guilt. Not having a discerning spirit of the two can cause a believer to be deceived. The enemy will use condemnation to make us feel like we’re not good enough, we’ve done too much bad stuff, God doesn’t love us anymore, or even worthless thoughts. It is clear that condemnation comes from the devil.

God loves us enough to send the Holy Spirit to convict us of wrongdoing. Why? Because He doesn’t want anyone to perish. (2 Peter 3:9).

Conviction is what we need in our walk with Christ to stay humble and corrected in love. Even when Isaiah stood in the presence of God he was overwhelmed and convicted of his own sinfulness (Isaiah 6:5) When Joseph fled from temptation he cried out about the dreadfulness of sin (Genesis 39:9)

The DANGER comes when we no longer feel convicted for living a lifestyle of sin or we reject the Holy Spirit convicting us. Hebrews 12:6 tells us how God chastises those He love. Conviction is an act of LOVE. Jesus cares enough about us to bring conviction when needed to draw us to repentance and change.

There is so much more to discuss on knowing if the feelings you’re experiencing is conviction or condemnation. For a more in-depth analysis, listen to my podcast episode HERE or click below. You will learn about about past struggles with the inability to discern conviction and condemnation. Also, my years of rejecting the Holy Spirit’s conviction. You will leave with a lot of clarity on the subject.

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