1. Remorse. It comes from the flesh, and it doesn’t work before the event to keep you out of trouble, it only makes you feel bad after the fact. It is selfish and self-centered; it never gets to the cross, never gets to freedom.
2. Awakened spirit conscience. An awakened personal spirit causes your spirit to tune into others, and when that happens, you are prevented from sinning.
There’s a really nice watch just laying there. No one’s watching; it would be easy to just slip it in your pocket and walk away.
What would keep you from stealing that watch? Would the law of God keep you from doing it? No. It’s only to convict you of sin. What would keep you from stealing it? The Holy Spirit resides in your awakened spirit and tunes you into the Lord’s love for the owner of the watch—the Lord loves him, and because the Lord loves him, you love him even if you’ve never met him before. The Lord’s love is in you for him, and you cannot hurt him.
Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.
~ 1 John 3:9 (NLT)