7/14/16 Always For You
“Discern the difference between condemnation and conviction. I will never even hint toward condemning you. A great price has been paid so that We can fellowship together and spend eternity with each other. To have done all of that, and then condemn you after you have surrendered yourself completely to Jesus, would be unthinkable.
"My heart is always for you. I am always on your side as you keep coming closer to Me. Rest assured, I will be in your corner cheering you on, using all My resources on your behalf as you submit to the work of the cross. I will continually encourage you. I will also convict your heart of those things that harm you and Our fellowship together. I tell you of those things because I love you. Respond to My conviction; cast aside any form of condemnation. It is never from Me.”
Rev. 3:19 AMP Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].
So many of us are so in the habit of defending ourselves that we even try to do it when the Lord starts to convict us of those areas that need to be changed. This world has gone so far astray from the truth that it seems as though most everything has migrated from definitive right and wrong into a muddy shade of gray. The Word of God, however, never does that with sin. Father God never condescends to our way of thinking. He calls sin exactly what it is – sin.
Even though we have been forgiven, have a new nature, strive toward holiness, and have access to sit on our loving Abba’s lap, we all still sin. It sure is wonderful to have Someone Who loves us so much and is always available to show us when we stray from the path. Never condemning, always on our side, never giving up on us, our Father leads us from the horrors of this world into a life of freedom—one conviction and subsequent repentance at a time. What an incredible relationship!
Thank You for Your convicting love, Lord,