And when he comes, he will convince the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would convict the world of guilt in regard to sin. Conviction arises from confrontation with evidence. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and He holds before your conscience the evidence of your sin, leaving you no room for escape.
The prophet Nathan confronted David with a parable that illustrated David’s guilt with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 12:7). The simple parable smote his conscience, and David truly repented from his heart. Although his sin was great, he received forgiveness because his repentance was genuine.
When God confronts you with the truth of your sin, He is showing mercy. As Jesus said, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Never run from the evidence. The Holy Spirit will bring certain scriptures to you as a mirror to show you your true self. If you respond to His mercy and grace, you will be set free from whatever sin has plagued you.
Invite the Holy Spirit to shine the light on the truth of your life and actions. Then honestly accept and admit His evidence, and confess with David, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13). Then, and only then, will you hear Him say, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you” (v. 13).