John 16:8 When he [the Holy Spirit] comes, he will convict the world, and show where right and wrong and judgment lie. I had already started this blog on conviction this morning when I posted a facebook status on the topic. Directly following I received a text from a friend that she had recently written a little article on conviction. Upon reading her words I decided to change directions a little, with the initial point still intact.
After writing my previous blog, "Wax On, Wax Off" I got some great responses, most offering the same sentiment, "OUCH CONVICTION!!". Which of course I immediately agreed, yes, convicting, very convicting. Conviction that has caused me to cry and cry at my own faults.
Conviction though not always fun, is IMPERATIVE. The Holy Spirit uses many avenues to convict us of our sin including the Word, friends, believers, yes non-believers, prayer, tv shows, books, quotes, really anything and everything He can use to speak Truth to us.
Conviction IS NOT condemning. Conviction is the revealing of Truth. That doesn't mean people aren't condemning of us, but the Holy Spirit is not. The Holy Spirit will always speak the Truth, but always in love. When the Holy Spirit convicts you then you will feel empowered to change. As my friend Macy said, "Conviction makes you move, guilt makes you sit and sulk". After revealing the Truth, then Holy Spirit begins to help us and show us how to change.
The question I have is who are we listening to? After you have been convicted are you empowered to change or do you feel defeated and helpless?
Defeat and helplessness do not come from the voice of the Holy Spirit. It can come from a variety of sources, but often is just simply from our own guilt. We've just been shown a fault, we can't claim to be perfect, and now it's time to yield, repent, and change with the power and help of the Holy Spirit.
The intention of conviction is for the body of Christ to rise up and look more like Jesus. We must embrace conviction and correction and CHANGE. Approach life as a learner, willing to learn from the different sources and ways the Holy Spirit will use to reveal Truth to you. If it comes from the Word, prayer, other sources, or even friends and community be willing to receive what He has for you with an open heart.
We're in this together. Be Blessed, J. Tate