The Important Difference Between Guilt And Conviction


This world sometimes feels dark, and it’s easy to get lost in the fog of shame and guilt. We want to do good, but we are sinful by nature. This idea puts a wedge between us and our creator.

Why try if we will just fail and disappoint? How can God love us despite the fact we constantly fall short?

We think that because God calls out sin in the Bible, He isn’t reachable until we are made clean. But that’s not true. God doesn’t want sin to separate us — not because He wishes us to feel shame, but because He wants better for us! Similar to how I discipline my children because I want them to grow and develop in positive ways, not because I enjoy seeing them suffer.

Conviction over condemnation is what God desires for our lives.

There is nothing that can separate us from God’s love. Our shame tells us otherwise, but it’s not true. Does this mean we should go on sinning? No. Will we? Yes. But should we be striving toward a better, more righteous life? Absolutely. That’s what you do for those you love. I watch my kids light up when I tell them I’m proud of them and that’s the same way God feels when we move towards a life of holiness.

God wants us to feel convicted so that we can live the best life possible. He wants us to grow in wisdom and discernment and put aside the darkness of our sinful desires. His forgiveness replaces our debt with abundant life. Like an ocean current, sin pulls us away from the safety of shore.