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The Holy Spirit Study 8: Convicts Us of Sin

The Holy Spirit Today Day 8 – Convicts Us of Sin

“And when he [the Spirit] comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8, ESV)

You did it again. As much as you tried not to, you found yourself in the same position you were in last week. And now you feel guilty about it and your conscience is bothering you. You vow to yourself that you’ll do better the next time you’re tempted, but you don’t have a high level of confidence that you’ll be wiser next time, because your track record in this department just isn’t the greatest.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? I know I have! But what we often don’t realize is that our conscience is actually the conviction of the Holy Spirit within us. He is the One prompting our feelings and trying to guide us toward repentance and correction. We often refer to these feelings as our “guilty conscience,” but what we should recognize is that these feelings of disappointment and regret are Spirit-given, and they are for our good, meant to convict us and prompt change!

Without the Spirit convicting us of sin, we would fail to realize our need for a Savior. It’s His conviction that opens our eyes to our need of salvation, and so this function of the Holy Spirit is vital. Without His convicting, we would not have an accurate picture of our spiritual state before a holy and just God. As much as we might not like those feelings of guilt and regret, they are a gift and will hopefully lead toward repentance. 

The next time you feel your conscience bothering you over sin you’re guilty of, acknowledge Who is giving you these feelings and what your response should be. The Spirit’s convicting is evidence that God is interested in you, cares about you, and longs to see you live life abundantly, apart from sin that separates and destroys.

Heeding this conviction of the Spirit will spare further grieving of the Spirit. We read this in Ephesians 4:30a: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.” He does not convict without purpose or intention, so to ignore these nudgings grieves Him. May we respond to His convicting of our sin as we meet further temptation and come to Him for cleansing and help so that we might have victory over Satan’s tempting and our flesh.

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