July 9th, 2019
More Conviction Less Being Offended
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 (KJB) Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Sometimes it seems that conviction is a dying word and a lost spiritual action in this world. We hear about people becoming offended much more often than we hear about people becoming convicted about God and dealing personally with their own sin problem.
Further, it is not enough to recognize sin at work in the lives of others. Or to call others to repentance for their sin. Or in being offended by the choice to sin by others. God calls each of us to be offended by our own personal sin.
You see, sin requires a personal conviction. It requires personal action and ultimately a change of mind about sin and choosing to agree with God about the nature of sin. It is true, pointing out the sin of others and being offended by sin require nothing more than opening one’s mouth to voice an opinion about another’s choice to sin.
Dealing with our own sin with God, well that is where the real spiritual work begins.
What this world desperately needs is less opinions about the presence of sin and more sincerely convicted hearts. Yes, more concern about a person’s own desperate sinful heart condition and less about the choices of his neighbor, brother, friend or family member’s choice to sin against the holiness of God for the conviction of sin is personal.