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Convicted but not Condemned

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Relax, Reflect, Recharge!  Are you a “things happen for a reason” kind of person? Content with where you are with God? Or are you the person who gets sent into an orbit of aggravation when something happens?  WOW!  For me, I jump between the two with more regularity than I would like and I am sure that I am not alone.

Proverbs 31.org devotions always seem to come just at the right time…things happen for a reason, right?!

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17 (NIV)

This is what I mean… I wake up in the morning in a good mood, grab my tea and head to my office to get things done.  I slept a little later than I would have liked but that is okay.  I do my devotions (reading but only taking a minute to LISTEN) and then focus on the work that I need to get done BEFORE hubby gets up.  My office hours are till 11AM every day than after that it is hit or miss until he goes to work. So, knowing this, I plan accordingly so that I don’t mess up that good mood and we can spend some time together each day.

WRONG!  Just yesterday, after feeling good about what I got done in my office, just a slight change in the way we have done things for weeks and I was on a quiet fit in an orbit of aggravation!  As I bit my tongue, I felt like the worst wife on the planet!  THANK YOU Proverbs31.org for helping me to understand the different between condemnation and conviction….

Condemnation sweeps across our thoughts with generalized statements such as: You’re such a failure. You’re so hypocritical. You can never be counted on. That is the accuser. His tone is condemning, questioning and confusing. His accusations lead to guilt and shame.

In contrast, the Holy Spirit’s conviction will be specific. He will reveal a sinful action or attitude and instruct us with a solution for what we need to do to right the wrong, such as restoring a broken relationship or returning something that isn’t ours. He’ll give us steps we need to take to change our behaviors or attitudes.

Instead of the lie: “You’re such a failure as a [wife, mom, daughter, friend],” the Holy Spirit might say, “You were really critical the way you talked to So-and-so. You need to say you’re sorry and ask for forgiveness. Then say something to build them up instead of tearing them down.”

The next time we blow it, or lose our peace and patience right there in the middle of the kitchen or the office or 5 o’clock traffic, let’s guard our hearts from condemnation and instead, listen only to God’s conviction.

WOW!  LISTEN to God’s conviction.  That seems to be my biggest problem – I don’t listen and I am sure that my hubby would agree.  Truth is, I listen but I don’t absorb everything I hear.  Then when I think God is talking to me, I second guess and wonder if it is my strong desires or really God giving me guidance.

I do know that the next time those condemning words creep in, I will (try to ) STOP and LISTEN for God’s words to make the situation right.  What about you?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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