Spiritual growth requires the recognition that we are sinners deserving of damnation. That only a loving God provides a means of salvation that we do not deserve. If we never come to that realization, sometimes described as “coming to the Cross,” we can never benefit from salvation. Salvation requires a recognition that we need divine intervention.
For those humble enough to come to that realization, Satan make work their minds trying to convince the sinner that he is so unworthy of salvation, that such salvation can not be real. Such happened to Brother Lawrence. He said he had been long troubled in mind from a certain belief that he should be damned. All the men in the world could not have persuaded him to the contrary. This trouble of mind lasted four years, during which time he suffered greatly.
Finally Brother Lawrence was able to reason: I did not engage in a religious life but for the love of God. I have endeavored to act only for Him. Whatever becomes of me, whether I be lost or saved, I will always continue to act purely for the love of God. I shall have this good at least that until death I shall have done all that is in me to love Him. From that time on Brother Lawrence lived his life in perfect liberty and continual joy. He placed his sins between himself and God and told Him that he did not deserve His favors, yet God still continued to bestow them in abundance.
This is the point we should strive for: that we act out of love for God no matter what God should do or not do for us. It is an attitude like that of Job, who refused to curse God no matter what God allowed to happen to him.
Condemnation does not come from God. 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1