Why is it so important to know the difference? We all feel guilt when we sin. It is important to distinguish between conviction and accusation. One is from the Holy Spirit, while the other is from the enemy, Satan.
“He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” John 16:8
“. . . the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down . . . .” Revelation 12:10
How can I tell the difference between the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit and the accusing attacks of Satan?