The DA is always looking for more convictions (prosecutorial success).
The drill sergeant is looking for men to promote who will live up to their convictions (bravery).
The pastor wants the Church's members to live according to their convictions (beliefs).
The best politicians are those involved simply because of their convictions (ideals).
But only the Holy Spirit can bring CONVICTION! His is an all convincing forcefulness. His facts are undeniable; His approach is potent; and his message is always relevant and valid. There is no room for discussion or debate with the conviction of God. Without submission and acceptance, there is only shirking and shunning. Only dodging and disputing as a child might who has no more hope of outwitting his parents: "Oh YEAH?" we say, but that's all we have.
Jesus said, in Mathew 12:31
And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
My understanding here is that blasphemy against the Spirit means denying His work. The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring the comfort of conviction (as it does it's good work of promoting repentance and thus salvation) to the sinner's heart. The only sin that can not be forgiven then, is the sin of refusing to ask to be forgiven.
Perhaps as an unbeliever you face your Christian contacts with all the punch and certitude in the world. Utterly persuaded in your own convictions, you laugh and stomp on the stage of attack. But as you lie in bed, or walk alone in the dark and quiet, that still small voice of God's conviction is winning the argument. He wants you. He is calling you. He is right, and in His rightness He is calling you to come and be loved. Allow the conviction to breach your resistance, and be forgiven.
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