The emotion of guilt drives me away from God because it makes me focus on my unworthiness. It’s a lie because it doesn’t finish the sentence. Sinner, yes, but saved by grace because of a love beyond human contemplation, adopted into the family, grafted onto the vine, and a room in the mansion.
Conviction drives me closer to God. It says I’m better than this. It says, like the prodigal: I’m not asking for too much — I’m settling for too little. It paves the way back to God, it gives me more than the fleeting, weak, and paper thin motivation of the emotion of guilt. It gives me a spiritual determination to put my foot down, and make this change by the power of God, not my will power.
- from this interview with Unka Glen