“There is a significant difference between conviction brought about by the Spirit and self condemnation brought about by the Accuser as he acts on my pride. Conviction of sin draws me away from myself and toward God; it frees me to repent, grants me sorrow over offending my King, and floods me with relief in knowing that his smile still rests upon me. It eventuates in my loving Jesus more. Paul’s words from Romans 8.1, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” bestow great relief on my soul.
Self condemnation, on the other hand, draws me down into myself and away from God. It makes me afraid and distrustful of him. It entraps me in unrelenting self -loathing and unbelief. It makes my heart cold toward the Lord; he’s seen as a harsh taskmaster, a cruel tormenter. It makes me think of my Savior the way I should think of my enemy, and this reversal brings a vicious glee to the Accuser. Jesus slips from preeminence and is replaced by my shattered image of myself. Self condemnation doesn’t make me love Jesus more, because it’s not essentially about him. It’s about me.”
Comforts from the Cross