“When we encounter a situation that places us in the pathway of sin, the Holy Spirit is within us and will convict us. How does this happen?”
The Pastor confidently strode to the piano placed next to the stage and pressed two adjacent white keys. The strident notes, a half step removed, evoked winces upon the faces of several members of the congregation, including mine.
“How does that make you feel?”
The congregation looked at one another and many shook their head dismissively. The Pastor surveyed his audience and declared, “Exactly! This is called dissonance and when we hear it, we don’t like it. This is how the Holy Spirit works. When we are living a life in accordance with the will of God, we allow the Holy Spirit to work within us. Any sin should elicit a dissonant response within our soul!”
The Pastor’s musical demonstration was an excellent example. Dissonance produces tension and tension needs to be resolved, and that is the problem. We seek various bromides to resolve this tension or request the succor of friends and trusted colleagues. Self-help books, meditation, even yoga classes are all utilized to help resolve this tension. While these may temporarily relieve some of the dissonances, for the Christian believer, there is only one proven solution to completely eliminate it.
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
Psalms 94:19 (ESV)
Only God can provide the perfect solution to resolve our dissonances, the tensions in our life. All believers in Jesus Christ receive the Holy Spirit the moment they confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit convicts all believers of the sins in their life and He guides us to seek peace and absolution of our sins through faith and belief in Jesus Christ.
How does that make me feel?
I am eternally grateful to the grace and mercy of God who saved me from an endless cycle of frustration and despair, seeking my own limited solutions when all I needed to do was to place my faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.