It Is Really God?
Convictions vs. Condemnation
Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:19-20
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
We have been looking for ways to discern if God is the source of a nudge or not. Today I want to look at the content or message of the nudge. What, if it is from God, is the message that we are supposed to pass along? Even if the nudge or impression is an action we’re to take, it will give a message to those seeing us. So, whether it’s a verbal message or an action to be taken, we must analyze its message before we will know if it is from God.
If this nudge is directed toward another Christ follower, we need to ask if the message is convicting or condemning. If it is condemning, we will know it is not of God. Romans 8:1 is very clear: “ … there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” God doesn’t deal out shame and He doesn’t want us to either!
However, God does bring “conviction” or “rebuke” to His children…and He might use us to be the messengers. I would guess that God uses us in this process, for times when another Christ follower is being especially stubborn about some un-Christlike behavior. Our scripture today is clear; God rebukes and disciplines those He loves! Hebrews 12:7 affirms this truth: “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.” Since Jesus told us in John 16:33 that all of us will have some “troubles” because of living this world, we know that not all troubles are “disciplines” of the Lord. But some hardships are; only you and God know whether it is because of a sin being ignored!
Father, with your help, I’ll not receive or pass on to others condemnation. Thanks for your love – even when it must be tough. In Jesus’ Name, amen.