Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Conviction vs Guilt

Was chatting to somebody over the weekend about whether or not God makes us feel guilty when we do something that's not the way God intends it.

See I reckon guilt never comes from God, but from ourselves and others. I reckon guilt is that feeling of self-loathing we get, 'oh man, I'm such a bad person, I'm no good, I'm not worthy of anything, I hate myself' etc etc. And i don't reckon that comes from God at all.

Conviction on the other hand is what comes from God, and that's 'simply the feeling that what ur doing is wrong, not that ur an unlovable, despicable, terrible person because of it, but just that it's not what God wants for you from your life.

I reckon it's a pretty massive difference, and I reckon a lot of people probably get held back by it.

1 comment:

Captain Best said...

I've never thought about it that way. I always assumed that guilt was just a by-product of doing somthing that you know is wrong. So it's neitehr form od or from yourself, if that makes sense. Whereas I think the knowledge that what you're doing is wrong could be somthing that God gives us. But I've never really thought about it, like I said.