Convinced or Convicted

If I’m going to be honest, I have convinced myself of a lot of false truths in my life.  When I was a child I was convinced that if I rolled my eyes too often then they could really get stuck.  I was also convinced that swallowing a piece of gum would take 7 years to digest.  

As I grew older I grew out of these childhood ideas, but the things I was convinced of as a teenager weren’t laughable and only conviction would change my heart about them. I accepted Christ as a teenager in high school and although, I understood the basic premise of salvation, I was clueless of what it meant to be a Christian.  

As I began to learn about commandments in the Bible and God’s ways, I had to make sense of them with a God who loves me and forgives my sins.  Premarital sex was optional in my mind, I was convinced that God would obviously understand, afterall it was the 20th century.  I was convinced that little lies were OK, especially if they allowed me to do what I wanted because my parents had no idea what I was up to (sorry mom and dad).  

Then as I studied God’s word I became convicted.  To be convicted in Christian terms means to see sin for what it is and turn away from it.  God’s word is God’s word, there is no gray area.  I became convicted that premarital sex was not God’s design and it didn’t matter if “everyone is doing it”.  I understood that to walk into sin is to walk away from God.

Salvation is never in question, but His blessings and His guidance in my life are only available to me if I decide to pursue Him with my whole heart.  I have to allow Him to convict me to turn toward Him and away from the worldly thoughts and ideas that trip me up.

As an adult whose teenage years are long past, I know there are things I am still convinced of that don’t stand up to His word.  How do I know if I am convinced or convicted?  I need to look to the Bible regularly and I need to ask Him to show me what I have convinced myself to be truth.  

Are you convinced or convicted on current day issues… masks, vaccines, unconditional love, relationships, marriage, divorce, community?  The answer is between you and the Lord.  We just have to be open to receive what He has for us through prayer AND scripture reading.  

Time to take an intentional look at my heart to make sure I am not just convinced I am a good person. 

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17

“As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

2 Corinthians 7:9‭-‬10 

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