Conviction vs. Condemnation: What Does God Say About Your Mistakes


When I think of the Holy Spirit visually, He compares to bumper rails on a bowling alley to me. Whenever the ball starts to roll off track the rails bump it back into place to make sure it stays on course and on aim with its target. As we go through life the Holy Spirit consciously keeps us on track with conviction. Conviction’s purpose, in the same way, serves as an indicator that we’re headed in the wrong direction and God is warning us to get back on track!

Sometimes I think we get conviction confused with condemnation. God convicts, the enemy condemns.

Conviction is an alert to our spirit that makes us aware of ourselves and warns us we’re off and headed toward the traps of sin. Its a warning! Condemnation, on the other hand, pulls you into your guilt and tells you you’re stuck in your sin. Its good to be aware of the root of your thoughts when you stumble…because it happens to the best of us. The enemy will say condemning things like “There you go again. You might as well stop trying. You’re too far gone. You might as well stop praying. You’re going to hell. God’s turned His back on you. He cant use you anymore. This Christian walk just isn’t for you. Look you messed up AGAIN.”

But the Bible says

“though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:24


“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again” Proverbs 24:16.

You see there’s a difference between accepting living a lifestyle of sin and struggling with sin. Struggling for one, is a good sign that you’re fighting against it. And God recognizes that we’re human and wont get it right all the time. In fact he has already taken full account of and knows the mistakes we’re already going to make in the past, present and future and has chosen to STILL use you in despite of you. Because if God only used perfect people His work would never get done. Now this grace isn’t a license to continue sinning (Romans 6) but its whole purpose is to give us the freedom and clear conscious to start again with a clean slate full of purpose. Its the enemy that brings guilt & condemnation but its Christ that encourages the freedom to keep going.

So whats the difference for the believer?

It’s that though we stumble, WE GET BACK UP.

Thats what God wants. God is not against us but He is WITH us against our sin. No matter what you’ve done, what you’ve thought or how far gone you think you are….He doesnt want us to stay down in condemnation but to get back in the word, get back in prayer, keep going for the prize! He’s not holding you to your mistakes. Grace means that all of your mistakes have now been turned around to serve a purpose instead of serving shame. He wants you to draw to Him and keep going. He delights in you and who He’s created you to become. He still has a giant purpose for you. He is rooting for you! And I am too. Love you family

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

John 3:18
Whoever believes in him is NOT condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

John 8:11
And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

John 3:17
For God did NOT send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works…

Your Sister,
Brittney Moses
PS- If this has been heavy on your heart and spoke to you intimately I recommend you check out my latest article at Whole Magazine “God, I failed you…” and be encouraged.

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Hi friend, Im Brittney and Im so glad youre here! Im a Los Angeles-based author, content creator, podcast host, wife to Jason and mama to Austin. And Ive been blogging here for the past 10 years! As a graduate of psychology and research at UCLA, I help to reduce stigma and assist with helpful information at the intersection of mental health and faith, with some fun lifestyle tips along the way. So lets dive in!

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  1. julie thibodeaux wrote:

    thank you thank you thank you soo much for this!!!! SO FREEING TO MY MIND & fears ive been struggling with!! be blessed! & im off to read God i failed you but i just really wanted to express my joy & i never leave comments on anything really loll..i just read, anyways i love you too family! your sister julie

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  3. gracegod86 wrote:

    Reblogged this on My Thoughts.

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  4. John C. wrote:

    Great article. This is a mindset that all believers – new and old/mature – can fall into. Knowing the difference between being convicted vs condemned is crucial for growing in the Christian faith. I think you’re spot on with contrasting the two. Thanks for this article!

    Posted 11.11.14 Reply
    • Amen! Its such a fine line and we really need to discern the source of where our thoughts come from by knowing the Character of God based on how He identifies Himself in His word. Thank you for reading!

      Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  5. Reblogged this on Chicken With a Side of Bliss.

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  6. JB wrote:

    Thank you so much for this. I will be bookmarking and coming back to this one as well as writing down the verses. Thank you God that He is not a God of condemnation and thank you God for using Brittney to expose the lies of the enemy. Amen. Thanks sis!

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