With all this talk about repentance, I thought it would be beneficial to describe the difference between condemnation and conviction.
. . . feels almost like badgering
. . . it is usually harsh and driving
. . . the feeling rarely leaves even after repentance
. . . could be nagging, confusing, over and over
. . . makes you feel hopeless
. . . is a gentle nudge from our Father
. . . it is always restorative
. . .you may certainly feel brokenness for your sin, but not heavy burdened and guilty
. . .a tap on the shoulder, never a slap in the face
. . . brings hope and desire to change
So, which one have you been listening to?
Has your Father been speaking to you on an area that needs repentance?
Or, has the accuser of the brethren been hounding you?
If you recognize the accuser, by all means repent for listening to his voice
and listen to what your Heavenly Father has to say.
BTW, He thinks you're pretty special.
He loves you with an everlasting love.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You are precious in His sight.
You are the very apple of His eye.