A Tug on the Heart.

Conviction. It’s a way for the Lord to connect with our hearts, and let us know that what we are doing is not right. It’s our inner being; our soul that is being tugged on. We know what we are doing is wrong, or that what we did was unjust or sinful. A time of repentance is necessary, but after that, do not dwell on the past actions that brought the conviction or you’ll just end up in depressed, sorrowful, and beating yourself up. Rather, we should view that experience as something that is NOT to be repeated, but ALSO as knowledge and a way to learn how to grow in holiness. It’s important to see conviction as a spiritual tug from God saying, “This is not appropriate. You need to turn from that way, repent of this, and let us move forward.”

Sadly, there are far too many people who get tied up with their wrongs and dwell in worthlessness, or feel like they are a horrible person. You are not a horrible person; you are simply a person. God wants us to recognize our faults and repent, ask forgiveness and understand what we’ve done wrong. It’s important to repent of the things we do in order to grow. It’s when we continue to abuse God’s grace, via not repenting or not changing, that it gets scary. I believe there are particular ways God handles His children and their disobedience. He is a father to us, so naturally He disciplines his children in ways we wouldn’t want to happen. Thankfully, God always choose mercy before judgement. Nevertheless, that does not make him a doormat, nor does it give us an excuse to use his grace as a “license for immorality” (Jude 1). So, it’s a very serious thing when we abuse grace, don’t repent, or continue living out our sin and overlooking those small tug on our hearts.



We have to make drastic changes to overcome. We have to repent, remain humble, and we will grow stronger. Don’t let yourself get beat up by the past, but make a change for the future. The grace of God is with you, but be weary to not abuse it.

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  • Emily Rae

    The grace of God is with you..that comforts me. Wonderful article!

    • Jacobluhrs

      thanks for all of the positive feedback!

  • Brian Like

    Amen and Amen. One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Romans 6, and it speaks directly on this issue. Here’s an awesome section of Scripture that just encourages me and humbles me every time I read it:
    “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of
    sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to
    sin. For one who has died has been set free from
    sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will
    also live with him. We know that Christ being raised from
    the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life
    he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider
    yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you
    obey their passions. Do not present your members to sin
    as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who
    have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for
    righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you,
    since you are not under law but under grace.” – Romans 6:6-14.

    I love that part there in the middle, “For one who has died has been set free from sin.” We, in putting our trust, our very lives, in the hands of Christ have, in effect, died to ourselves. We are “dead men walking,” as Sleeping Giant so eloquently puts it. We are no longer slaves to sin, it has no authority besides what we give it in our weakness. Praise God that He has set us free!

    Hope this adds some encouragement!

    • Jacobluhrs

      yes, and when we give our sin control that is when conviction comes into play. Thanks for reading the blog and appreciate the scripture! God Bless,

  • Alanb

    This was for me! Thank you so much and god bless you

  • david

    I really needed this today.Thanks alot bro.This gave me strength and joy.

  • SaintPeter

    Feeling worthless is directdemonic attack from demons, for 2 weeks i have been overflowed with love from praying, healing even tho i fail at something every day, i have the right motives and i know the enemy tactics. its awesome how much GOD loves me, so im taking direct action to cut off all the addictions in my life, having a prayer network, when tempted, i call for help. The more i stay sinfree and glorify the more abilities i gain(humbleness, love for others,productive mind etc) and different chances to help the local Christian community.(tech-band organising, tech side, help chef, cleaner at church etc.)

    Im alive because of God, almost died way too much times, so why fear ?
    Instead i get myself together and focus fully on God plan for my life. Basically every breath i take currently is because He raised me up from my dark times.

    Im learning to get free from pride and im starting to realise that im nothing. My value, abilities, everything lies in Jesus Christ and God. This thought humbles me and helps me to transform.

    Jake, heartsupport has become almost a daily website for me. The thing is that people are honest and admit mistakes not pretend that they are perfect. I find hope and inspiration here, not always but a lot of the times. Blessings and continue ! : )

  • Josh

    Always a good read Jake, Keep it up man, Maybe you even encourage those who dont respond.

  • Kyle

    I’ve really needed this as well…especially over the past few weeks. I’ve really been beating up on myself for the little things that shouldn’t matter. Thank you for everything you do for your readers and those who are not part of this community.

  • Maikel

    This is actually what I need from right now. Thank You and God bless

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