His Loving Arms! (Conviction vs Condemnation)
We all make mistakes, it's just part of being human, yet as we do it's so easy to remain stuck there. The Lord has given us the amazing opportunity to keep moving forward as we repent. The enemy on the other hand will replay embarrassing scenarios that have been played out in our lives and he'll take our mistakes and slam them against our heads over and over. It's just one of the many ways he diverts us from God's plan and our confidence in who we are in Christ!
The Lord is so gracious to convict us of sin. It's all part of His redemptive love. Conviction comes to bring repentance and His grace brings change. That's a beautiful plan that He designed to bring about purity, holiness and a clear conscience. God does not beat us up for our sin, but as a loving Father, He draws us unto Himself and reveals the areas that require change. Then as we repent and lean into Him, He gives us the grace that empowers us to change. It starts with a repentant heart that sincerely desires to please Him and it's completed in the arms of a loving Father!! It's a beautifully designed transformation process.
The enemy on the other hand brings guilt and condemnation. The difference is, his plan causes us to hide in shame and it empowers the sin to take up more territory in our hearts, minds and lives. It makes you think there's no point in trying, because you'll never be good enough. That path leads you further and further from His presence and your destiny! It destroys your vision and stunts your growth.
Good news! You will never be good enough! That's why the pure and unadulterated blood of Jesus was shed! It's a miraculous exchange of our weakness and humanity for His strength and ability!! He's not mad at you, He's just waiting for you to admit you can't do this life on your own!
Nothing you've ever done is too vile for His blood to cleanse! Repent and lean in! All that you need can be found in His loving arms!!!
1 John 1:7 (KJV) but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
II Corinthians 7:9-10 (NLT) Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
1 Timothy 1:5 (NKJV) Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Romans 2:4 (KJV) Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?