“And when (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment.” – John 16:8
Let’s face it, no matter how hard we try, all of us will rationalize all sorts of bad decisions.
As my dad said many times, “For many people today, there is no such thing as sin; everything is explainable.”
Remember God’s gift of the Holy Spirit to us? Well, His gift cuts right to the core of our nonsense by convicting us when we sin.
You see, conviction is God’s way of letting us know that we’ve wandered off the path.
It’s a way to direct our steps, protect us, and guide us to where we need to go.
For the Jesus-follower, the Holy Spirit uses the preaching, the teaching, the reading – the sharing of God’s Word to open our eyes and hearts to our need for God’s forgiveness. He has provided us with a supernatural conscience if you will.
And don’t misunderstand. It’s not out of anger or disappointment. No, God’s conviction is rooted in His love because He wants the very best for our lives.
And can we know this for sure?
For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16