Convicted But Not Condemned



There is a stark difference between conviction and condemnation,.

I’d had it with my sons' attitude, and I let ‘em know it!!

Then I felt horrible for losing my temper!  I felt so guilty and I was convinced that’s exactly how God wanted me to feel, but then I remembered a pastor describing the difference between conviction and condemnation. He said condemnation sweeps over us with thoughts like, you’re such a failure, you’re a hypocrite and it brings guilt and shame.

God’s conviction is specific. He’ll show us a behavior that was wrong and usually gives us an idea of how to make it right like nudging us to apologize and ask for forgiveness.

That day, I did just that. I let God’s conviction bring restoration between my son and me by apologizing.  Eventually, my guilt went away.  

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