John 8:10-11 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

The woman caught in adultery had a front row seat to the balance of Grace and Truth.

Grace was found in the words “Neither do I condemn thee” and truth is found in the words “go, and sin no more.” (Jesus was the only one who could have cast a stone and He did not)

Much of the preaching I have heard in my life and even practiced at times was accusatory and acoustic. Somewhere along the line preachers have associated “preaching the word” with “It’s my job to be the Holy Spirit”. This is revealed by the use of the words “I”, “me”, “my”, “mine” verses “He”, “Him”, “We”, “Us”. The Holy Spirit cannot work in a sermon about me. Real Spirit filled preaching is always done out of love! The first fruit of the Spirit is love, so therefore we must “speak the truth in love.”

It is never our place to condemn anyone! “Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” Jesus condemned sin. People do not need our condemnation, they need God’s compassion.

According to “John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” The sin of unbelief brings condemnation; preaching should not. Preaching should never condone sin, nor should it condemn sinners. Preaching in the power of the Holy Spirit brings conviction.

Conviction never condemns. Conviction will convince the sinner of his or her need for a Saviour thus resulting in a true conversion. It is the Spirit’s work. The Spirit is wholly capable of convicting of sin! “John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”

Condemnation on the other hand is associated with guilt. God never deals with a sinner using guilt. He always deals with sinners using grace. It’s God’s grace that makes them convicted. As a sinner, they are convicted of what they have done and how good and graceful God is to send His Son to pay for their sins.

“Romans 2:1-4 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”

The following is from a Pastor friend who has also come full circle on the place of Sprit filled preaching in the pulpit as well as our lives.

“ACCUSERS VOICE vs. GOD'S VOICE
Condemnation condemns, conviction calls you to something better
Condemnation tears down, conviction builds up

Condemnation kills hope, conviction inspires hope

Condemnation separates you from God, Conviction brings you closer to God.

Condemnation is motivated by hate, Conviction is motivated by love

Condemnation leaves you feeling worthless, Conviction leaves you knowing you can do better

Condemnation seeks to destroy, Conviction seeks to restore

Condemnation produces shame and despair, conviction produces hope and holiness

Now that you have read the list, think through it and never forget that GOD IS FOR YOU. The accuser wants to rob you of your KINGDOM POTENTIAL IN CHRIST. God wants to do a great work in and through you. A work that draws attention to yourself that brings GLORY TO GOD!"Now that you have read through the list, think through it and never forget that God is for you. The accuser (Satan) wants to rob you of your kingdom potential in Christ. God wants to do a great work in and through you! A work that draws attention to you so that your Father may be glorified.”

 

As Pastors and preachers of God’s Holy Word we must live a Spirit filled life so that when we preach, our feelings and flesh do not get in the way of what God wants to do. “Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:”

God is for people! He proved this on Calvary. Let’s not preach like God hates people.  Spirit filled preaching produces conviction that will lead to conversions.

 - Loving God, Loving Others, Serving Both


GUILT tears down, CONVICTION builds up

GUILT kills hope, CONVICTION inspires hope

GUILT separates you from God, CONVICTION draws you to God

GUILT is motivated by hate, CONVICTION is motivated by love

GUILT leaves you feeling worthless, CONVICTION leaves you knowing you can do better

GUILT seeks to destroy, CONVICTION seeks to restore

GUILT produces shame and despair, CONVICTION produces holiness and joy

Now that you have read the list, think through it and never forget that GOD IS FOR YOU. The accuser wants to rob you of your KINGDOM POTENTIAL IN CHRIST. God wants to do a great work in and through you. A work that draws attention to yourself that brings GLORY TO GOD!"GUILT tears down, CONVICTION builds up

GUILT kills hope, CONVICTION inspires hope

GUILT separates you from God, CONVICTION draws you to God

GUILT is motivated by hate, CONVICTION is motivated by love

GUILT leaves you feeling worthless, CONVICTION leaves you knowing you can do better

GUILT seeks to destroy, CONVICTION seeks to restore

GUILT produces shame and despair, CONVICTION produces holiness and joyGUILT tears down, CONVICTION builds up