Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Condemnation

I suppose the difference between conviction and condemnation is whether it draws us closer to God, or makes us push away from Him.    Oversimplification?  Perhaps.   There are some wonderful posts on Bridget Chumbley's blog today.  Many of their posts explain far better than I do.
I do have a habit of dwelling on what I have done wrong, or could have done better.   God doesn't want that.  After repentance and reconciliation, there is no need for it.   Instead I need to think of better things.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


Jesus did not come to bring us condemnation, but salvation.  I love how this song brings that home for me.






Hosea
Gregory Norbert
© 1972 The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont
Come back to me with all your heart.
Don't let fear keep us apart.
Trees do bend, though straight and tall
so must we, to other's call.
Long have I waited for your coming,
home to me and living, deeply our new lives.
The wilderness will lead you
to your heart where I will speak.
Integrity and justice,
With tenderness, you shall know.
Long have I waited for your coming,
home to me and living, deeply our new lives.
You shall sleep secure with peace;
faithfulness will be your joy.
Long have I waited for your coming,
home to me and living, deeply our new lives




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7 comments:

katdish said...

I dunno, Helen. I think you summed it up very well here. Very well indeed.

♥ Kathy said...

I agree with Kat, Helen. Very well put!

jasonS said...

Excellent, Helen. The devil stands to accuse and condemn, but His precious blood cries out 'mercy!' on us. Thank you.

HisFireFly said...

Grace, mercy and love.

What He pours out on us. What He calls us to share with each other.

Well said today Helen!

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

I love this, Helen. Really honest and meaningful.

Hazel Moon said...

Very Inspiring words. We are often the harshest on ourselves, but God brings us to acknowledge that if we do the "best" that we can, that is good enough in His eyes. He does not expect us to be perfect, as only He is perfect.

Bridget Chumbley said...

Yes, Helen... very well!

Thank you, my friend.