This is a how-to guide on how to avoid those awful feelings of conviction that sometimes nag us on our Christian walk. I hope you find it helpful in relieving those annoying feelings of guilt and painful realizations that you may need to change.
There are certain situations that lead one to feel convicted. Each situation requires a different strategy in avoiding said conviction.
Sometimes God just convicts you right in the heart. That is the problem with the whole indwelling Holy Spirit thing. What can you do to avoid this?
- Nothing. Sorry, if He wants to get to you He can. You are just gonna have to deal with it. Hopefully you will listen and not be stubborn because if you fight the Spirit’s conviction you probably are in for a rough road.
I hope you enjoyed this series. Conviction is rough. It hurts our pride, especially when we are convicted about our pride. But the reality is that conviction is necessary for change. Its like that old cliche: The first step is admitting you have a problem. Unfortunately we are pretty slow to perceive or admit to our own failures but thankfully God works in our hearts to expose these to us so that we might grow to be more like Christ.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. – 1 John 1:5-10 (NKJV)
If you haven’t gotten the chance to read the other posts here are the links:
- How to avoid being convicted by teaching
- How to avoid being convicted by example
- How to avoid being convicted by the Bible