I remember hearing a story about a man breaking into a house. When he climbed through the window he heard a voice in the darkness say, "Jesus is watching you." He froze in his tracks and after several moments he started to move again, when once again he heard the voice, "Jesus is watching you."
Very carefully he raised the flashlight and began to look around the room. He spotted a parrot in a cage, and as the light hit the cage he heard the parrot say, "Jesus is watching you." The thief laughed as he lowered the flashlight, but just then he caught a glimpse of a pit bull gnarling his teeth, that's when he heard the parrot squawk, "Get him Jesus!"
Unfortunately that is how too many of us view God, as a pit bull waiting to take a bite out of us. We forget that the reason Jesus came is because, "God so loved the world!" Christ did not come to condemn us but rather convict us. I am sure we have all found ourselves in places we don't belong. But Jesus didn't come to condemn us to a life of imprisonment. He came to set us free from it!
Condemnation brings shame, but conviction brings change. So go ahead, open your heart to Christ and thank God for the change!
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
2 Corinthians 3:18 As all of us reflect the Lord’s glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 GW