Condemnation vs. Conviction

Dear Reader,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

The first reading last Sunday was about the story of Adam and Eve. Fr. Manny David, our chaplain, explained in his homily that temptation is not a sin. Temptation comes to everyone, especially to those who are fighting for holiness. The decision of giving in to temptation is the sin.

But, what if we have already fallen into sin? What if we have fallen into habitual sins?!!!

Many times, I would feel very sorry for my sins, go to confession and repent. Shamefully, I would end up committing the same sin. There was one time when the shame and guilt was too much that it made me feel hesitant to go and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Because… What if I end up making this a reeaaally bad habit??!! Oh. I forgot. Yes, it was already a habit to begin with. So scary. So sad. BUT, WRONG!!! VERY WRONG!

Katie Hartfiel, author of Woman In Love, has pointed out in her blog the importance of knowing the difference between condemnation and conviction.

Condemnation, as demostrated by Adam and Eve’s failure to run to God’s mercy when they hid from God in the garden, is the feeling of guilt, shame, worthlessness and brokenness.

Conviction, on the other hand, is seeing how we have failed AND responding to God’s call for us to change. GOD NEVER ENCOURAGES SHAME!!! We must always HOLD FAST TO GOD’S MERCY. We repent, reconcile, and come home to Him. He is waiting.

“God speaks with conviction, not condemnation. His voice never encourages shame, only an invitation to conversion. It’s God’s kindness that pursues our brokenness.” – Psalm 23:6

Have a blessed Lent!

Do not forget. God is waiting for us to come home. He is waiting.

Kristine G. Veneracion

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