What’s on your mind?Category: QUESTION (specifically seeking Bible knowledge/wisdom)What is the difference between the feeling of conviction and the one of condemnation?
Sheela Leigh Staff asked 5 months ago

what is the difference between the feeling of conviction and the one of condemnation?

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Sheela Leigh Staff answered 5 months ago

🙂 Have you ever had that feeling that you knew the right thing to do so you followed your gut or at times you might have even shied away from it and tried ignoring it, but later on you kind of regret not following through? Whatever it was you knew what to do but you didn’t or you knew what you shouldn’t have done but you did it anyway. That’s called conviction. It’s that certain knock on your heart, whatever the message is, don’t ignore it. The more time you spend in prayer or getting to know Jesus through hearing the Word, the more you become aware of convictions. And the more you become aware of them, the better you become at making decisions for yourself. Convictions can be painful and that kind of pain is not something to be afraid of. If you ever feel that righteous kind of pain, that means it comes from God. That’s an opportunity to pray. It is for your own good and it’s something every Christian must learn to love more as they mature. Conviction if it is obeyed, will always lead to peace, freedom, more confidence, and wisdom, because discipline is the thing that is being exercised. You will grow and blossom with conviction.

Condemnation on the other hand is the feeling of guilt and shame. Condemning someone is just like judging someone and a lot of the times we are our worst critic. Condemnation feels like you don’t deserve anything good. For example, at times when we set ourselves up for goals but we fall short of achieving them, we end up feeling bad for ourselves, we end up condemning ourselves saying we’re not worthy of people’s love and attention. So many people including Christians live under chronic condemnation without even knowing it. That’s why a lot of us have lost hope and just live to get by, when we should be getting up early every morning accepting God’s Grace and mercies and using what we have and living our best lives for the glory of God because of that genuine joy that comes from unwavering faith. But sometimes we forget that our shortcomings and all our mistakes were paid for on the Cross when Christ was sacrificed. That’s when we become stagnant in our spiritual walk. We look too deep within ourselves when we’re down and focus on what we lack instead of looking up to focus on what God gave up for us. It’s called pride when we hang out too long in the dumps because we don’t trust God that He can easily lift our spirits if we just begin praising Him. Focus off me. Focus on Him. Condemnation is always from Satan, He tries His best to keep you from rising up to where God wants you to be. Whenever we fall short, we mustn’t make it so much about ourselves. There is no discipline in condemnation, but fear, anxiety, and hate. You will shrink, feel small, and prevent growth in the face of condemnation. We must return to God, no matter how awful we feel. That’s why He gave His Son, Jesus so we could have a daily relationship with Him, where He will bring us closer to God, so that our minds might be transformed continually, because a transformed mind is more aware of the difference between conviction and condemnation. I loved this, thanks! God bless!

Romans 14:22 The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

Psalm 34:22 The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.

By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)

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