“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8).
Developing an aversion to conviction and seeking to run from it has a crippling effect upon the formation of one’s faith. Conviction is a means utilized by the Holy Spirit to accomplish in us his work of transformation. The tension we experience in reading, or hearing proclaimed, the word of God is something to be embraced. It means God’s Spirit is alive in you; working dynamically to make us more into his likeness; to move us from where we are to where he would have us be. To avoid and ignore conviction is an admission that life will be lived according to one’s own desires regardless of the teachings found in scripture.