He Convicts Us

Series: Red Letter Talks | Week 4: The Role Of The Holy Spirit

Read Romans 8:1-2 + 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.


1. How does Paul describe the Spirit in Romans?

2. What is he thankful for in 2 Corinthians?

3. What’s the difference between godly and worldly sorrow/grief?


In yesterday’s reading, Jesus explained to His disciples that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of its sin. The Spirit works in every believer, even before they know Jesus, revealing their sinful natures and their need for a Savior.

But the Spirit’s work isn’t done when we put our faith in Jesus. He continues to expose things in us, taking the sin that still tries to live in our hearts and bringing it into the light. This is the sorrow that Paul said he was glad for in 2 Corinthians. He’d sent another letter to these believers that exposed their sin, but even though it was painful, it was for their good. This is the difference between conviction and condemnation.

Condemnation says you’re guilty and brings shame or fear of punishment. Conviction says you’ve made a mistake but are free to repent, to turn from your mistakes and back to God. There’s no shame or fear with conviction because the Spirit also reminds you of the price Jesus already paid for you. You’ll still sin in this world, but every moment of conviction is a chance to remember the Good News.


How do you typically respond when you’re made aware of a mistake you’ve made? Does your usual response look more like worldly grief (shame, fear of punishment, etc.) or godly grief, and why? Spend some time in prayer asking for God to help you remember the hope of Jesus’ death and resurrection each time you experience conviction.

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