Because fundamentalist guilt and Roman Catholic guilt are so pervasive in our society, we have to distinguish between the way God speaks to us and the way we tend to condemn ourselves. God disciplines us in love (Hebrews 12: 5-11), and He affirms us even as He corrects us. God’s Word may take us out of the old self, but He also brings us into the new self “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). If Scripture convicts us, it also contains a powerful “well done” that affirms our dignity and worth in the sight of God.
Chuck Smith, Jr., The End of the World…as We Know It