I’m Convicted Not Condemned


Thursday, September 28, 2017


Are you a people person? You know, the kind of person who constantly desires to be around others and who has no problem hanging out with friends all day? If I’m honest, that’s totally me! I recently married my best friend. One of the amazing things that came with marriage, was having a place to call my own, where we can constantly have people over. But with all the excitement, also comes the big challenge… and that is having to create an atmosphere for people to walk into; a clean place that feels comfortable. If you are anything like me, I light candles in every room and make sure that everything looks and smells amazing. Little do people know that the reason our place seems so clean is because I stick all my junk in the closet. 

I mean let’s be honest, it would be really embarrassing to have people over and have them see your mess. In life, we take our mess-ups and mistakes and hide them in the closet of our hearts because we fear judgment and disappointment. Unfortunately, so many of us feel the need to hide our mess from God.

If you find yourself in this position, just like I have found myself hiding my mess from God, can I encourage you and remind you that our God is not like people? We don’t have a God who judges us and tells us how terrible we are. Instead, we have a God who forgives us when we bring our mess to Him. He sees our mistakes and corrects us with the love of a Father in order for us to live a better life! The truth is, that if we are not careful, we can allow condemning thoughts of not being “good enough” to creep into our minds. Sometimes we even think that God is telling us these things.

Friend, nothing can be further from the truth! Jesus said He came not to condemn the world, but to save it (John 12:47). We are called to LIVE CONVICTED, NOT CONDEMNED!

WHATS IS CONDEMNATION?

Do you know that one person who always complains, but never offers a solution to fix the issue? That’s exactly what Satan (the enemy of our Soul) does. He points out our mistakes but never directs you to the way to fix and grow from it. Condemnation comes from Satan to tear you down. Condemnation highlights your failures and reminds you of how bad you’ve messed up. Condemnation always shows you the problem and always avoids the solution.

Jesus did not come to the world to condemn you (John 12:47). Satan operates in a completely different manner than our God. The Bible says that Satan is known for being the accuser of the people of God (Rev 12:10). But remember, that where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds even more! There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Jesus also said, "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world" (John 12:47).

WHAT IS CONVICTION?

Have you ever been genuinely sorry for something you’ve done wrong? Well, conviction can feel like that at times. In fact, the Bible defines that type of feeling as “Godly Sorrow”. The Bible also says that this type of sorrow is what leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4).

Condemnation will be there to tell you how much of a failure you are because of your mess-ups, but conviction will always tell you “I forgive you and I love you.”

You know what’s so amazing about our God? The Bible actually says that God deeply desires to forgive you of your sins. Isaiah 30:18 says, “…the LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.”

If you are battling with a mistake of the past, my hope is that you would remember that conviction will always show you the answer to your problem. It will also point you to the cross to remind you that Jesus died in our place to pay for our past, present, and future sins!

So in this day, let’s remember to never allow Satan to make us believe that we need to hide our mess in the closets of our hearts. Rather, let’s approach our God remembering that there is no place too dark and no mistake too big that His grace can’t reach.

 

Author - 

Michael Gonzalez

 

 

Comments

Chris Mazzara commented on 29-Sep-2017 05:40 PM
Wowww. You killed this Mike. God is forgiving focused only on the solution to our soul. Nothing could be more reassuring that even when we hide in the dark, the light is always guiding us back home.


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