Part Three teaches us that the closer we are to God the more we are aware of our sin, and that’s as it should be. Because God wants to convict, allow us to repent, and bring us restoration. Some great examples of this from scripture in this segment: Luke 7:36-50, Luke 19:1-10, Mark 5:1-20
This session’s emphasis on how God always desires closer relationship and intimacy with us is so encouraging. When I get a sense of conviction, it’s never easy, never pleasant, but very humbling and uncomfortable. I like how Holly described it as a “Busted!” moment. Yes! I can really relate to that. Although God sees right through my own self-serving agenda all along, conviction is sort of like that moment of realization, when I finally become aware of my mistake and also understand that He knows it too. I regret not just that God sees it, but I regret the mistake itself and want to make amends, to repent. It’s like when a child gets caught (busted!) in a disobedient act by a parent. But knowing that God desires a closer relationship with me is comforting and motivating. I like how the session summarizes 3 things God desires from us: conviction, repentance & restoration. This is so helpful to keeping things in perspective. I would much rather focus on how He will accomplish greater things through our sanctification, how He moves us into closer relationship with Him, and how He will be glorified, than to focus on our sinful mistakes!