John 16:8-11 (NIV)
8When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
23Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Today’s reading from John is a continuation of Monday’s reading, when Jesus is telling his disciples that he would be leaving and the Holy Spirit would be coming. According to Jesus, part of the work of the Holy Spirit is showing people where they have been wrong.
Let’s face it. Nobody likes to be told they are wrong. It is never a pleasant conversation—whether you are the person being corrected or the one doing the correcting. But you know what, being called out and corrected when we are wrong is the only way for us to learn how to be right. Even though it’s not a pleasant experience, people who care enough to correct us show that they love us.
As you know, God loves us immensely. And, through the Holy Spirit, God corrects us when we’re wrong. God wants us to learn from our mistakes, change course, and get back on the path that leads to eternal paradise.
Part of every prayer should be confession. But confession isn’t just speaking a long list of the things we have done wrong. Confession should also include us asking the Holy Spirit to point out the ways in which we are off track from God. Find a quiet place to be alone, and pray the prayer in Psalm 139:23-24. Wait upon the Lord and see what the Holy Spirit brings to your attention.
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