The Father loves you! It is at this point of understanding that multitudes of believers fail God. They are willing to be convicted of sin and failure, over and over again, but they will not allow the Holy Spirit to flood them with the love of the Father.
The legalist loves to live under conviction. He has never understood the love of God or allowed the Holy Spirit to minister that love to his soul.
We at Times Square Church have taught that the righteous person, the true lover of Jesus, loves reproof. He learns to welcome having the Holy Spirit expose all the hidden areas of sin and unbelief—because the more he deals with sin, the happier and freer he becomes.
The attitudes I see in response to my ministry newsletter messages vary. When I write a message that thunders with judgment, I get overwhelmingly approving responses. When I share about the sweetness and love of Jesus, I receive letters saying, “You are not preaching the truth anymore!” It is as though these people are saying, “If you are not reproving, then what you are saying cannot be the gospel.”
Such believers have never entered into the great love-mission of the Holy Spirit. This is an area where you must learn to walk in the Spirit and not by feelings! Walking in the Spirit means allowing the Holy Spirit to do in you what He was sent to do. And that means allowing Him to flood your heart right now with the love of God! “Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5).
Isaiah said, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13). Isaiah was writing to a stubborn people of God who “went on frowardly [rebelliously] in the way of [their] heart” (Isaiah 57:17).