There’s one thing I’ve seen many believers struggle with: the difference between conviction and condemnation. Condemnation comes from living the life of the flesh and sets us apart from God. Conviction, on the other hand, comes from the Holy Spirit to redirect you back to Him.
Apart from God, we can’t live a life pleasing to Him. Jesus was a perfect example of what it means to live a life of the Spirit:
- He nurtured His relationship with God (Mark 1:35).
- He lived to do the will of His Father (John 5:30).
- He loved others so that they could see the Father’s love (John 17:36).
- He reconciled our broken relationship to God (John 3:16).
Without the grace Jesus came to give us, we would be like the Pharisees – measuring our goodness against the other but never really living it. In Christ, we’re free to live as Jesus did. We’re called to love God and love others
There’s no denying how broken this world has become. It seems to grow worse every day. We can’t avoid living in it but we can endure it. Through Jesus’s resurrection, there is so much more to come. Even still, you can know that God has an intended purpose for you. There is still so much work to be done for God’s kingdom and you have a role to play in it.
The enemy wants us to focus on the fact that we’re sinners. Living a life of the Spirit means that we get to cry out and call God “Abba Father” just as Jesus did. Being a child of God means that you’re God’s heir and co-heirs with Christ. He took slaves to sin and made us partakers in His goodness.