What does the term ‘conviction’ bring to mind for you? It is the conclusion of a criminal trial, after all the evidence and arguments have been presented, and the jury has deliberated and reached a verdict. Yet the same term applies to the beginning of the process of forgiveness.
For the conviction of sin in your heart causes you to turn to me in repentance. If you confess your sins I am faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Do you find the process of conviction to be uncomfortable? Do not avoid it for it is the path to redemption, restoration, and righteousness without a trial and punishment and criminal record.