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Conviction or Condemnation?

Discussion in 'For New Christians' started by Sarah G, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Sarah G

    Sarah G Human bean. Supporter

    I just wanted to share some bits and pieces on the difference between conviction and condemnation:

    1) Condemnation causes us to turn away from God in fear, dread, and shame. Conviction causes us to come to God and freshly place our faith in the perfect life and death of Christ.

    2) Condemnation leads us to believe that we’ll never change and that we aren't worthy of God's love. Conviction gives us hope that, even though we sinned, God is still at work in us.

    3) Condemnation paralyzes faith for change, keeping us in bondage. Conviction bears the fruit of faith for change, freeing us to fully grow in the love of God.

    4) Condemnation causes us to wallow in despair and self-pity. Conviction leads to God-centered hope.

    5) Condemnation sees God as an angry judge who is waiting in the shadows to strike at any moment. Conviction sees God as a loving Father who disciplines his children through His love for us.

    6) Condemnation is inward, self-focused, and always dwelling on the fact that we have sinned. Conviction is outward, God-focused, and always dwelling on the fact that we have sinned against God.

    ''The tone of the enemy's voice is always going to be accusatory, nagging and mocking as a way to generate fear, shame and confusion in order to project rejection. He's the father of lies, deceitful and pretends to know what's best for you. John 8:44 confirms this, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” ''

    ''The tone of the Holy Spirit is the Loving voice of our Father, imploring, beseeching and urging our return to Him …as we’re told in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me all ye who are weary and heavy laden…” And in John 12:32 where Jesus says, “…I will draw all men to myself.'' ''

    Source: A Walk Through the Kingdom: Conviction or Condemnation...Knowing the Difference

    I found this article very useful. It is important to claim our victory in Christ and to know that we have authority over Satan and his lies. Satan condemns us with lies that we must remember and replay our past, trying to isolate us from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and even from other Christians through shame and fear. The Holy Spirit convicts us to bring us closer to Lord Jesus Christ. We should surrender to the discipline and moulding of the Holy Spirit and claim authority over the lies of the enemy which bring only misery and suffering.

    '' What is condemnation?

    Condemnation comes from Satan and is meant to tear you down. Condemnation continually points out what a failure you are, and how badly you've messed up. Condemnation is showing you the problem, but avoiding the solution.

    Jesus did NOT come to condemn the world (John 12:47). There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Satan on the other hand is KNOWN for accusing the brethren (Rev 12:10).

    Why won't you ever hear God telling you what a failure you are? Because Jesus said, "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world." (John 12:47)

    Conviction is known in the Bible as Godly sorrow. God's Word tells us that Godly sorrow is what leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). Condemnation tells you, "You are such a failure! Look at what you did!" while conviction tells you, "Come to me... and I will forgive you!"

    Not only is God willing to forgive your sins, but He longs (deeply desires) to do so! Isaiah 30:18, "Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him." (NASB)

    1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness."

    Romans 2:4, "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"

    Conviction shows you the answer to your problem. Conviction shows you the blood of Jesus that wipes away your sins!

    What's the difference?

    Conviction shows you the answer (the Blood of Jesus, which washes away sin), while condemnation shows you the problem (the sin, the past and your failures). Condemnation shows you the problem, but conviction shows you the answer.

    Condemnation shouts, "Your past! Your sins! You loser!" But conviction shouts, "The Blood of Jesus washes away sins! Come to Jesus and be forgiven of your sins! You can be forgiven! Your sins and past don't have to be a part of you anymore!" ''

    Source: Condemnation versus Conviction

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  2. Mollie1

    Mollie1 John 3:16 Staff Member Purple Team - Moderator Supporter

    United Kingdom
    Thank you so much for sharing this very helpful post.
  3. DreamerOfTheHeart

    DreamerOfTheHeart Love is the Foundation of Truth

    United States
    Well, though, it can depend on what someone means by "condemnation". (Or by "conviction".)

    I am not saying it is incorrect to consider differences which are semantical, but like anything, language is very dynamic as it is situational.
  4. Little Lantern

    Little Lantern Be encouraged! Christ has overcome the world! Supporter

    United States
    Good post, @Chosen_and_blessed! Yes, condemnation puts you down, while conviction actually lifts you up even while correcting you! Every new Christian needs to be taught this because there is a lot of false guilt paralyzing folks and keeping them from living the abundant life Christ died to give us.
  5. Jonathan Leo

    Jonathan Leo Well-Known Member

    Good post