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Lately, I have been thinking a lot about convictions. Everyone has different convictions that they abide by whether they think so or not. Some are liberal beliefs and some are conservative, but either way they are still beliefs. Some people have died for their convictions, while others give in and compromise. 

So what is a conviction? Here is what the online dictionary said:
-“A fixed or firm belief.”

-“A fixed or firmly held belief, opinion, etc.”

Everyone has different convictions. different things we choose to believe or not believe. We are all different so we will all have different opinions and beliefs. Some may choose to believe in certain things, while others may choose not to. Some may choose to listen to certain types of music or other things, while others may choose to abstain from certain types of music. Some may be convicted to wear certain things or not wear certain things, while others don’t see a problem with it. Some people may choose to refrain from doing certain things or going certain places, while others will spend all there time there or doing those things.

Some convictions of mine: I do not celebrate Halloween, I do not do Santa or the Easter Bunny with my kids, I dress modestly, I do not listen to rap or rock music, I do not drink alcohol, and I do not watch rated R movies. These are just a few of my personal convictions, and while I know everyone is different, and everyone views things differently, I know everyone is going to have different convictions. Just because I view something as wrong or not right for my family, does not mean that you will. But you may have other convictions that I think are fine for my family or for me. Everyone is different.

Does everyone have convictions? Yes, I believe so. Whether you like to think so or not, you do the things you do, the way you do it, because of convictions, because of how you believe. So when do we let these convictions get out of hand? When we force others to have the same view as us or when we make fun of people who have higher standards or different convictions than us.
In the Bible, Paul has to write to the church at Corinth to help some people with convictions. The meat that most people ate was offered up to idols at the Temple. While some people at the church thought it was fine to eat it and did not have a problem with it, some of the new Christians there did. They had a conviction and belief that they should not eat any meat that had been offered up to false gods (idols). So what did Paul tell them to do? He said if you are eating with them, then it is better not to eat the meat offered up to idols because then you are tempting them to go against what they believe is wrong, and in doing that YOU are wrong.

(This is not a literal translation just a quick explanation of the chapter in Corinthians. To read it in the Bible go to I Corinthians 8:1-13.) 

So when we have convictions that are different or not as high a standard as someone else’s we need to be careful not to judge or make fun of them. I feel everyone’s convictions are between them in God, and when they do what they feel is right before God that is all that matters whether or not it is different from something I believe. 
I will end on this note with another conviction I found in the Bible. What a great belief, to know that nothing can separate us from God’s love! I hope you believe this today!

Romans 8:38-39

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

 So what about you? What are your convictions? Would you die for any of your beliefs? Have you ever been embarrassed about any of your convictions? What is your view on convictions?


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  1. Great post! As usual! 🙂

    A few of my convictions are dressing modest, not drinking alcohol, and not being "friends" with anyone of the opposite sex (other than family members of course) on social networking sites. The last one a lot of people don't understand but for me it's a respect thing for my husband. Plus with my husband deploying all the time I don't want to allow myself any windows of temptation, and I see social networking sites as an easy access to that.

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