And when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin…” –  John 16:8
The great miracle of the grace of God is that He forgives sin, and it is the death of Jesus Christ alone that enables the Divine nature to forgive and to remain true to itself in doing so. It is shallow nonsense to say that God forgives us because He is love. – Oswald Chambers

The novice trekker, liberated from the horribly heavy load of sin, bleak and black as it had been, enters a honeymoon with the Serving King free to bask in the illusion of righteousness actualized.  Now freed from actual sin, those moments of willful transgression (Hebrews 10:26), the dance of the child set free flitters around the dance floor, unencumbered by the weight of sin.  This moment of innocence rediscovered, the honeymoon, provides a joy inexpressible for those who find their way into the glory of grace.

But it is just that, grace, a honeymoon like all honeymoons, a temporary basking in the joy of profound acceptance.  And so the Spirit waits, rooted in grace, knowing a time is coming when “…He will convict the world concerning sin.”  But that day is not today, not during the honeymoon, there will plenty of time in the trek yet ahead…

Still, deep into the trek, sin, once brash and ugly, cast aside and crippled during the honeymoon, takes a new tactic, a subtlety, easily hidden, barely noticeable to anyone clear of its path of destruction. And as the honeymoon wanes, as all honeymoons must, the root of sin, long dormant as the child danced in the joy of grace, begins its ever so subtle reappearance, one tender shoot, barely breaking the surface of the soul.  And so, “He comes, He will convict…”  Indeed, His coming will mean the end of the honeymoon as conviction returns, probing ever deeper into the being and doing of the dancing child of grace.  And when He convicts, you will be tempted to stop dancing, to abandon grace, to return to old ways of thinking.  Such is never His intent as He engages the sin residue.

Beware, sin has learned much in its banishment.  Sin has learned to be subtle, delicate, leery of the impending dangers  deep into the trek.  Sin, no longer black and hideous; instead, subtle, just an unkind word here and there, an attitude hindering the invasion of holiness as it threatens to conquer the last bastions of sin, hidden, buried, deep in the old ways of being and doing.  And with His coming, His conviction of sin, even subtle sin, righteousness actualized becomes a real possibility for those who listen to His convicting voice.  Then the dance of grace deepens.  Trek on as you dance with Him who convicts on the way toward the highway of holiness…

Things to consider...

How has sin learned to hide deep within your being and doing?

Do you still sense the conviction of the Holy Spirit in your life?