Did you ever feel like the Holy Spirit was convicting you of something that you needed to change in your life? Well, if not, you must have moved on to Heaven because I (and everyone I know) seem to go through this process all the time.
The problem is, of course, on our end of things, not on God’s end. But as often as we sense the conviction or the correction of the Spirit in our lives, one could tend to think that God may be angry with us. But, He’s not.
And how do we know that He’s not? Well, we know for certain because of Romans 5:1, which says “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We know because His relationship with us is based on the work of Jesus, not on our works. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
And we know this because of Romans 2:4, which says “Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?”
The conviction of God comes in our lives, not because He is angry with us. It comes into our lives because of His kindness towards us. He’s only trying to help us, not to hurt us. He doesn’t get brownie points as a parent because He corrects us. He’s trying to help us all “grow up” and walk a life that is honoring to Him and helpful to others. The convictions and corrections of The Holy Spirit in our lives are supposed to be seen as a part of His grace for us. Only a parent who didn’t care about a child…would be silent.