Only the Holy Spirit can truly convict someone of their sin. We may have all the clever arguments we can memorize and knowing the evidence for our faith is a good thing, but without the Holy Spirit’s convicting power our efforts will prove fruitless.
We should also keep in mind, as we witness to those who are lost and hurting, that we were once in their condition. We were unsaved sinners to whom someone else shared the Gospel. We did not save ourselves and there was not anything in us that made us worthy of being saved.
It was God’s grace alone that reached out to us and rescued us. The Christian heart should have no place for arrogance.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:10-11)
One can almost sense the relief and gratitude the woman must have felt when Jesus said this. Hopefully, she also felt the responsibility He gave her with His words “sin no more”.
This event is a living example of the verse, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)
Jesus had every right in the universe to judge this woman; however, He would rather offer her the opportunity for forgiveness instead. Such is the love of our great God.