1 John 1:5-10 NIV
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[a] sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
When we repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, God begins dwelling within us in the form of the Holy Spirit. This is a lesson in itself, but for now simply meditate on the fact that God indwells you, lives within you, guides you and corrects you through His Spirit.
Concentrate on those last two points. God guides us and corrects our course.
Which brings us to the following question; When was the last time you felt convicted for a sin?
Conviction of sin is a special work of the Holy Spirit in my view. It doesn’t feel great, but it serves the purpose of getting us back into proper fellowship with God.
It isn’t a voice we hear. It is as if God causes our “conscience” to rear its head as He causes us to think about our thoughts, words or actions.
So, when have you last been convicted of sin?
- Was it because of gossip you participated in?
- Was it because of disparaging someone?
- Was it because of feeling of dislike or worse toward someone who is different than you?
- Was it because you laughed at off color jokes in the office, as if you didn’t mind?
- Was it because of a little white lie you told?
Be Glad For Conviction and Reproving of Sin
Be very glad when you feel conviction for something. It is the Holy Spirit of God correcting your course and bringing you back to Him. God is getting your attention and wanting you to realize and repent before your little sin grows further. For example, before your anger or resentment turns into hate.
God through His Spirit corrects us before our sins grow. Remember, with God, a sin is a sin no matter how small it may seem and He abhors it.
Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
When you feel conviction, repent and rejoice that God has spoken to you.
On the other hand, be very concerned when you feel no conviction.
We Must Listen
In closing, God speaks to each of us daily. The problem for many is a failure to listen.
When the Holy Spirit convicts us of a sin, we feel it. We know it. We must LISTEN and we must do something about it.
As we begin each day, let us pray “to walk in the Spirit, be led by the Spirit, be obedient to the Spirit and to listen to the Spirit.”
Let us let God purify us from all unrighteousness.