Thursday 1/30/14 Convictions
This is the topic we discussed in our monthly men’s bible class last night. A conviction, according to the Merrian-Webster Dictionary, is a strong belief or opinion, the feeling of being sure that what you say and believe is true. We’re not referring, of course, to being convicted of a crime. Our convictions play a big part in how we live our lives, and I think we all have them. If we pay close attention, we can see them being played out all around us on a daily basis. An example is the recent news item about a Little League coach in California that is suing one of his players and his parents. He suffered an Achilles tendon injury because the boy, now 14, threw down his helmet in celebration which in turn bounced and hit him in the leg. The coach contends he is suing the boy and his parents because they never once apologized for the incident. Many of us could say, “I would never bring a lawsuit against any of my players, much less a boy.” Now, that is a personal conviction. On the other hand, the boy’s parents have refused to offer an apology because they claim their son did nothing wrong. Though they are totally opposing views, neither side has budged from their position. Remember the dictionary definition?
Not all convictions are a good thing. I venture to say that the extremists who brought down the World Center Towers were driven by theirs. Was that a good thing? Would God approve such a thing? As the children of God, our convictions should all be based on what we believe about Him and our knowledge of His will. If we believe He wants us to be honest, caring, generous, patient, humble, and hard-working, among other things, it will show up in our lives. Paul, in addressing the issue concerning the different convictions regarding what people ate and drank, or the abstaining of them, wrote: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (I Corinthians 10:31) Now that would be a great conviction to adopt, that from now on we will be intent on ensuring that no matter what we do, we will remember to do it in such a way so that God would get all the honor and the glory. I am convinced there are no convictions better than that one.
Memory verse for the week: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have : for He hath said , I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.(Hebrews 13:5 KJV)