Conviction is different from condemnation.
Conviction compels us to acknowledge Truth by looking at our Redeemer (the One who saved).
Condemnation seeks to destroy by looking at our faults (the ones who need saving).
For the Believer, conviction comes from the Holy Spirit (John 16:8) and condemnation comes from the devil. (Revelation 12:10)
“Conviction shows you the answer (the Blood of Jesus, which washes away sin), while condemnation shows you the problem (the sin, the past and your failures). Condemnation shows you the problem, but conviction shows you the answer.
Condemnation shouts, “Your past! Your sins! You loser!” But conviction shouts, “The Blood of Jesus washes away sins! Come to Jesus and be forgiven of your sins! You can be forgiven! Your sins and past don’t have to be a part of you anymore!” – GreatBibleStudy.com
To read a more thorough explanation of conviction verses condemnation, click here.
Recap/Important things to Remember:
1. For Believers, conviction comes from the Holy Spirit.
And when He (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment – John 16:8
2. For Believers, condemnation comes from the devil.
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. – Revelation 12:10
3. Believers are not condemned.
There is therefore now no condemnation in Christ Jesus. – Romans 8:1
4. Conviction from the Holy Spirit is good, leading us to Godly grief, which leads to repentance and salvation.
For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a Godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereasworldly grief produces death. – 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
5. When we are convicted, the process is simple. We repent and God forgives.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
6. Jesus’ first coming served NOT to judge the world, but to save the world.
I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. – John 12:46-47
7. Jesus’ second coming WILL serve to judge the world (both Believers and unbelievers).
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. – 2 Corinthians 5:10
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom… – 2 Timothy 4:1