Christianity, Inspirational

Conviction

Have you ever done something and at the time you really didn’t think anything about it as being wrong? You were in the middle of your actions when a feeling of remorse, guilt and/or shame started to tingle in your spirit. Well, what about when you go and lie down and as you try to sleep you find yourself tossing and turning, thinking about what you have done. Then just when you have realized how wrong you were, at 2:00 am God wakes you up to chasten you over your actions?

The word convict is translated from the Greek word elencho, which means “to reprove; to accuse, or to refute. Conviction means, the state of being convinced of error or compelled to admit the truth. The Holy Spirit has a very important job that it does in every believer’s life, and that is, he guides us into all truth. One means that he uses is convictions. There are very few people who like to be accused or told that they were wrong, but Hebrews 12:6 says, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It’s because the Lord loves us that we are convicted and disciplined of our wrongs and brought to repentance. Some people will look at this and say, God does no such a thing, but indeed there are several scriptures in the Bible that talks about the discipline of the Lord. That doesn’t mean that God is taking things, or changing his mind on his promises but it does mean that he simply corrects us. Who likes to disappoint a good parent, a parent who loves you beyond measure? When that parent has to get on to you, that doesn’t feel good. In this day and time let’s rejoice that our senses haven’t become dull to the ways of this cruel world and we are still sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s gentle guidance.

Christianity, Devotional, Encouragement, Evangelism, Inspirational

No Greater Love

As I sit and reflect on how unworthy I am to receive such a savior as Jesus, to have died for me. A Savior who did no wrong, but was accounted as a criminal, even after no wrong could be found of him. A Savior led to the slaughter, without a mumbbling word, He endured the suffering that I deserved. The all knowing, knew I would one day walk away and stray to do my own thing, yet loved me so much He still died that I might live. People walk away for one offence but I have offended my Heavenly father over and over, and yet his love for me never changes. When they placed that crown of thornes on his head, he thought about all the guilt and shame I would face knowing they could never amount to what he endured for me. He took it all for me and the rest of the world. A world filled with so much hate. His love that, was shed on Clavery was enough to cover all the sins of this world, but yet instill we choose to go against his commandment of love thy neighbor as you love thy self. All this love for many still isn’t enough. There will be no greater love than this, that a man lays down his life for his friends. No one took his life, but he laid it down for you & I.