The Comforter that Convicts

Jesus taught in John 16 that when the Comforter comes that He would reprove or convict of sin. This means that the Holy Spirit will rebuke us and tell us of our faults. We find this conviction many times through the preaching and reading of the Word of God or by witnessing the work of the Holy Spirit in another Christian’s life by them living according to the scriptures. The Spirit will use the light of God’s Word and reveal our dark sins unto us. This is never pleasant at the moment and at first our temptation is to get upset and to reject it. Stephen told the Jews that they always hardened their necks and resisted the Holy Spirit. The Jews during the life of Jesus were constantly getting upset with Him when He pointed out their sin.  This should not be the response of the child of God who has the Holy Spirit within them. We should be thankful that the Lord used the Word and His Spirit to speak to us and show us our error. Christians are not perfect and God is constantly working on making us more into the image of Christ. This is not always a pleasant feeling and at first we don’t want our sins revealed. However, if we are going to grow in the Lord we must be willing to be shown our faults. Then, when we respond as we ought by repenting of those sins then the Holy Spirit as our Comforter wraps His loving embrace around us and assures us of God’s love and forgiveness.  God is so good to us to have sent His Comforter to convict us of our sin and not to leave us alone in them. I’m so thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit to convict me of my sin. While at times it’s not been what I wanted, it was certainly what I needed and I’m glad the Lord loves me enough to give me what I need. I will close this devotion with Proverbs 27:6 that says: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Thank you Holy Spirit for being my friend.