We continue our series “7 Questions to Help You Recognize The Voice of The Shepherd”
Does it bring condemnation?
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
In the biblical sense, condemnation refers to strong disapproval that demands harsh punishment. Often, when we commit a sin, the enemy tries to bring condemnation. We will hear voices in our head that put us to shame and cause us to question how someone like us can be forgiven.
The Holy Spirit brings conviction. The difference here is that the Lord will remind you that your identity is not in your trespass and will encourage you not to do it again. Conviction, instead of causing you torment, gives you the desire to change your actions. God’s voice will provide correction, but will not leave you with immense shame.
Condemnation causes you to focus on your weakness; conviction reminds you that God can give you the strength to overcome your weakness.
This devotion series is from a post by Victoria Riollano that originally appeared in an I Believe.com article.