"And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come." John 16:8-13
The Spirit convicts. He does not condemn. He shows us truth. Jesus isn't here but people who have believed are given the righteousness of a Savior who sits in Heaven.
We can grieve The Spirit but He still won't condemn us. He will encourage us to believe and not align ourselves with a dark kingdom that is under judgement.
I think many times we confuse the sound of our conscience with the Holy Spirit and say, 'God said.' When in truth God is only going to declare Christ's righteousness. We sense He Is grieved and then jump to conclusions. We try to amend our behavior in a pleasing way but behavior can't please God. Only faith pleases God.
The Spirit points to Christ and says little about Himself. He urges us to believe and be detached from darkness. Will we listen or will we keep sweating on the treadmill of performance?
Our conscience needs to be cleansed of dead works.