This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:19-21
I think for most people conviction is a negative experience. Being called out on your crap is not fun. It makes you feel bad about yourself. Sometimes it brings up old memories of people who used The Sword of The Spirit to slice and dice your heart until you were left with nothing but a heap of regrets and condemnation.
Though, The Bible does say that “The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The “cutting” of our hearts done by The Word of God is never meant to be something that leads us to more brokenness. It is never meant to reveal our deepest pains and darkest sins, only to leave us there, bleeding out, wondering how to close the wound.
In The Old Testament God refers to Himself as Jehovah Rapha or The God who heals you. Like a great surgeon, God has our healing in mind when He sends His Spirit to convict us of sin. In Romans 2 it says “It is God’s kindness that draws you to repentance.” So, how is it that taking us through the painful process of conviction, repentance and sanctification is kind and loving?
Well, just like in surgery, you have to go through pain to get the “junk” out. The process of conviction may sting, but what hurts worse is living a life continuing to do something that is killing you spiritually. We understand this idea when it comes to cancer. We go to all lengths to rid ourselves of the deadly disease because we know in the long run that it will kill us. Maybe slowly, maybe even in imperceptible ways, but without intervention, we will die.
So it is with sin. God’s kindness draws us to repentance so we can find freedom. He convicts us so He can heal us.
Satan will tell you that you are a screw-up.
He will say you cant do anything right.
That you just need to give up and give in because you will never get beyond this.
Satan will always label us as our mistakes so we think we are stuck in them.
But that is not God. Jesus points us to the problem so He can set us free from it. Thats what He did on the cross and what He has been doing every day since.
But the problem is we get so stuck in shame (or pride) and refuse to fess up to our sin that we miss out on seeing the loving, mercy-hearted nature of our Father. We all want to receive grace. Forgiveness of sin sounds great, right? The thing is that you can’t receive grace if you refuse to admit your sin. Conviction has to happen as a critical first step so that we can then see the beauty of the mercy of God.
If we don’t see the darkness of our own hearts, we won’t see the glory in the heart of Christ. The unfathomable love that echoed through eternity when He shed His blood on the cross for people who ran from Him. Friend, conviction is such a good thing. Every time you hear the still small voice of God calling out to you to drop something that’s hurting you, trust that His call to repentance is a call to grace. It’s a call to freedom. It’s a call to new life.
Don’t be so content with the pleasures of this world that you forget in Gods right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
Don’t buy the lies that you are hopeless or helpless to get free from the thing that binds you. If God is calling sin out IN you, He can bring it OUT OF you.
Trust Him today. His kindness and mercy truly do shine brightest in the darkest of nights.
♥🕊 Beloved Rejoice