|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
Our Bible verse for today: “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow … Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:6-7; 10 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Conviction is love”
Have you ever thought of conviction as being an expression of God’s love for you? It is. In Biblical terms, when we feel a sense of conviction it means that the Holy Spirit has brought to our attention something about our character, personality, or conduct that isn’t quite right and which needs to be adjusted. Sometimes the situation is flagrant sin (such as with David in Psalm 51), but many times it’s simply a character flaw that needs to change, or some aspect of our personality that needs refining, or an attitude that God’s wants us to adjust.
In the case of Psalm 51, King David was responding to an intervention in his life from the prophet Nathan. God had sent Nathan to confront David about his adultery with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband. It was a really big deal for which David needed to repent. He did, and God extended forgiveness to him.
It’s the job of the Holy Spirit in our lives to bring that sense of conviction (John 16:8). The issue might be big or small, but the fact that God is convicting you about it means it’s important enough to God that He wants you to change it. That you’re spiritually sensitive enough to detect the conviction is a good thing, it’s a positive sign that you are aware of the activity of God in your life. Then, if you respond to that conviction and with the appropriate corrective action, it transforms you a little more into the person God intends for you to be. It also has a positive impact on your relationships with God and with others.
Conviction is the Holy Spirit’s way of calling our attention to something in our life that needs to be corrected. His motivation is always love and protection. He loves us and He wants the best for us. It has been rightly said that God loves us just as we are. But it’s also true that He loves us too much to leave us as we are. Conviction, if allowed to accomplish its purpose, will result in needed change, and it happens because God loves you.
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