And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
When we think of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost we rarely think of sin and righteousness and judgment. Yet in this passage our Lord speaks to us of the convicting presence of Spirit of God. I remember the day I first closed my eyes in prayer. I was trying to bargain with the Almighty and asking Him to heal my wife. As I began to pray a presence came over me and I understood that I was a sinful man. It changed me.
So I understand what Jesus means when he speaks of the conviction of the Holy Spirit. He is not only the divine comforter and counselor but he is also the holy convictor. This is really good news for Christians and non-Christians alike. Since that first prayer so many years ago I have experienced the conviction of the Spirit in times that I have sinned. It is such a comfort to know that we are not alone and on our own. God loves us and will never leave us.
Blessed Holy Spirit, thank you for your presence in my life.