CONVICTED BUT NOT CONDEMNED // NOVEMBER 9, 2023
"The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet."
Jesus spoke plainly to the Samaritan woman. But notice her response: she didn't avoid or express shame when he addressed her. Instead, she left her water jar -- much like the disciples left their nets -- and became an effective evangelist. Her conviction lead to her conversion.
Conviction is about awareness. The beauty of awareness is it's a first step toward growth and change. Condemnation, on the other hand, is attached to guilt and punishment. There's no space to grow and change -- only the consequence of actions. Imagine how different this woman's life would have been if she was filled with condemnation. She would have run and hid instead of becoming a powerful evangelist for Christ!
Is God convicting you? Remember, Jesus didn't come into the world -- or into our lives -- to condemn us, but to rescue us with his redeeming grace. We don't want to ignore God's loving discipline. Conviction may hurt in the moment, but unlike condemnation, it will lead to conversion -- and a greater purpose!
LISTEN TO THIRST NO MORE