Magnify thy love to me according to its greatness,
and not according to my deserts or prayers,
and whatever increase thou givist,
let it draw out great love to thee.
From the Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, A Convert’s First Prayer
I recently read one of the clearest descriptions of the difference between conviction and condemnation:
We can trust that it is the Holy Spirit who is leading us when he aligns our hearts with Scripture and convicts us of its truth. This conviction does not equal condemnation because those who walk in the Spirit are free from condemnation, but his conviction does lead to godly sorrow and repentance. We can distinguish condemnation from conviction in that condemnation is general, accusatory, and leads to hopelessness. Conviction is specific, gently firm, and hopeful; conviction reminds us that the Holy Spirit will help us change.
From Christine Hoover’s book “From Good to Grace”, pg. 101
God is glorified in his people by the way we experience him, not merely by the way we think about him. Indeed the devil thinks more true thoughts about God in one day than a saint does in a lifetime, and God is not honored by it. The problem with the devil is not his theology, but his desires.
From When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight For Joy by John Piper, pg. 30-31