Conviction Versus Condemnation
Read | Romans 8:1-2
Our heavenly Father desires that we walk closely with Him. In order to help us, the Holy Spirit guides us on the right path and redirects us when we are headed in the wrong direction. In other words, He convicts us when we are in danger of straying.
Conviction is God’s loving hand steering us back to the path that leads to life. To better understand the concept, picture a parent whose toddler begins to chase a ball into a busy street. The youngster has only one desire at that moment: to retrieve the toy. The mother, however, would be negligent if she did not stop her child.
We, like the toddler in this example, view our lives from a limited perspective. If our heavenly Father stops us from achieving a desire, it seems frustrating. But we must remember that He does so out of omnipotence and love.
Conviction begins even before salvation. The Holy Spirit reveals our wrongs to help us recognize that we need forgiveness. Then, once we accept Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf and choose to follow Him, we are born again. Only then are we free from the consequences of sin. At the same time, we are still human and will make some poor choices. So, even after we are His children, God continues to redirect us.
Conviction is different than condemnation. Remember that “God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:17). So though believers at times will sin, they are justified by Christ’s sacrifice and free from judgment (Rom. 8:1).
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