Saturday, December 11, 2010

Guilt or Conviction?

I never planned on moving “home” after college, but somehow God has me in the same place I grew up. The extra time here has allowed me to further understand the culture in which I was raised. And one unavoidable piece of this culture is the use of “guilt”. I could write volumes and volumes about the sources, uses and responses to guilt…I’ll spare us all.

But recently I’ve been curious about the difference between guilt and the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

As a matter of chat…

Are they the same? Are we calling it guilt but it’s really God prompting us? Are we doing things out of guilt, but calling it God? Are they completely different? Is it a sometimes one way and sometimes another? What/Who is motivating our actions?