Hi, J.S. [: Since the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, what is the point of rebuking fellow Christians? It’s something I have been thinking about lately. Great blog, by the way. God Bless Ya, Brother!
Thank you! I consider it my second church so I appreciate your kindness.
Since we can grieve the Holy Spirit by resisting Him (Ephesians 4:30, Galatians 5:16-17), it’s possible that we’ll ignore the conviction of sin. It’s in our free will to do so. Which is why the Holy Spirit will send friends, events, circumstances, gifts, trials, and signs to rebuke your face off.
There are also tons of commands about getting real with each other. Some of my favorites are here:
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. — Hebrews 10:24-25
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. — Galatians 6:1
If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. — Matthew 18:15
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. — Proverbs 12:1
5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. — Proverbs 27:5-6
The Holy Spirit’s initial and ultimate job is to convict of sin, but He can also use everything else to aid that process. There are plenty of times when I came around to repentance in my personal prayer, and plenty of times when my friends had to beat some Spirit-sense into me. Basically, I got Bible-whipped.
We should absolutely trust the Holy Spirit to do His job. He doesn’t need our help. So how awesome is it that He does flex each of us to rebuke each other? God uses sinful weirdos like us for the weighty, wonderful, heart-wrenching task of rebuking a fellow believer. That’s no small responsibility.
One more thing: the Holy Spirit is love. Bold, chiseled love. Most of us rebuke to “get it off my chest” or “tell them off,” which is sin. It must be done to build, not destroy: to love. We get that and we get everything.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. — 2 Timothy 1:7
Read here about the Holy Spirit.